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Philippines recalls envoy to Canada over waste row

IANS  |  Manila 

The has recalled its to in an escalating row over the disposal of wrongly labelled as recyclable, the country's confirmed on Thursday.

"At midnight last night, letters for the recall of our and consults to went out," said in a tweet.

"missed the... deadline. And we shall maintain a diminished diplomatic presence in Canada until its garbage is ship bound there."

The May 15 deadline was put in place for Canada to retrieve rubbish shipped out in 2014, the reported.

Last month, said he would "sail to Canada and dump their garbage there".

Reports have said that the amounts to many dozens of containers filled with common household rubbish like soiled nappies.

The told the that they have "made an offer to repatriate the Canadian waste" and are closely engaged with the Philippines "to ensure the shipment's return as quickly as possible".

Officials in the Philippines first raised the issue with Canada in 2014 after finding that containers of rubbish had been shipped between 2013 and 2014.

They said the containers, which arrived at Manila Port, were falsely labelled as containing plastic meant for but were in fact filled with tonnes of household waste.

Another inspection of the remaining containers in 2015 found they contained non-hazardous municipal waste, including household and street rubbish.

Some remain in storage at the while others have been disposed off at a

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First Published: Thu, May 16 2019. 15:02 IST
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