SoKor trash still stockpiled as return deadline nears


Posted at Jun 26 2019 07:46 PM

Tons of garbage from South Korea still sit in a plant in Misamis Oriental days before the country's deadline to return the trash to South Korea. Courtesy of Angelo Andrade, ABS-CBN News

MISAMIS ORIENTAL - Tons of trash that have to be returned in 5 days to South Korea are still lying around in a factory lot in Tagoloan.

ABS-CBN News visited a plant in Barangay Sta. Cruz owned by Verde Soko Philippines Industrial Corp. and found the waste exports of South Korea in a stockpile in an area of the factory.

The trash shipments, which arrived in the country on July 21 last year, are supposed to start returning to South Korea on June 30. 

Estimated at around 5,000 tons, the shipments contain used dextrose tubes, soiled diapers, batteries, bulbs, and electronic equipment, according to environment officials.

The personnel of Verde Soko were unable to confirm if the company has already started to move the trash shipments.

But nearby residents said the transportation of the waste exports started Tuesday, and that multiple trucks were inside the plant to move the trash.

Manila and Seoul agreed last December to move the trash shipments back to South Korea, and oblige Verde Soko to re-pack and move the trash to the Mindanao Container Terminal, where the waste exports will be taken to South Korea.

South Korea promised it will cover the costs for the shipping of the waste exports. - Angelo Andrade, ABS-CBN News