From 2013 to 2014, a shipment of 103 contaners of waste were illegally imported from Canada to the Philippines. The shipper, Chronic Incorporated, a private company based in Ontario, Canada and owned by a certain Jim Makris consigned the shipment to a Philippine-based company, Chronic Plastics, owned by a certain Adelfa Eduardo. The Philippine company claimed to be in the business of recovering (recycling) plastic from scrap, to be converted into useable plastic pellets for onward sale to Philippine manufacturers of plastic products/construction materials.
The first thirty (30) containers were recovered by Import Certifications issued by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and processed through Bureau of Customs (BOC). When applications for Import Certifications continued to be submitted at a rate inconsistent with the estimated capacity of the facility to process materials, the concern of the Philippine Environment Management Bureau (EMB) was raised.
The graphic below gives a detailed timeline on what has transpired since.
Download the pdf file here: Canadian waste illegal shipment ACTIONS