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Swap trash for tickets on Indonesia's 'plastic bus'

Aug 09, 2019 - 12:40 PM

An hour-long bus ride with unlimited stops costs 3 large bottles, 5 medium bottles or 10 plastic cups. But they must be cleaned and cannot be squashed.

This picture taken on July 21, 2019 shows a bus conductor collecting used plastic bottles as fare payment on board a Suroboyo bus in the Indonesian city of Surabaya. - Indonesia is the world's second-biggest marine polluter behind China and has pledged to reduce plastic waste in its waters some 70 percent by 2025 by boosting recycling, raising public awareness, and curbing usage. (Photo by Juni Kriswanto / AFP) / TO GO WITH Indonesia-environment-plastic,FEATURE by Harry PEARL

Philippines bans gov't trips to Canada amid trash row

May 26, 2019 - 11:47 AM

Malacañang orders heads of government agencies 'to reduce official interaction with representatives of the Canadian government'

NOT A DUMPSITE. Environment activists belonging to the waste and pollution watch group Ecowaste Coalition stage a protest near the Canada embassy. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Trash pile up on election day, May 13

May 13, 2019 - 4:29 PM

Water bottles, campaign materials of local politicians, and sample ballots distributed to voters litter polling precincts

Nagmistulang basurahan ang labas at loob ng ilang polling precint dahil sa mga iniwan at nagkalat na election Paraphernalia ng mga botante. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Local officials propose tipping fee for Boracay trash

Nov 18, 2018 - 8:57 PM

A tipping fee is charged by the waste processing facility for maintenance cost

TRASH. A day away before the official opening of Boracay on October 26, paper cups, plastic straws, cigarette butts and other garbage items were seen scattered near the shoreline. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

The problem with plastics: stopping it 'at the source'

Sep 15, 2018 - 11:30 AM

Brands need to give consumers options that encourage them to reuse, recycle, or return their plastic packaging instead of throwing them away after one use

Rubbish mostly plastics littering the shoreline of Freedom Island in Paranaque City polluting Manila Bay. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Why can’t the Philippines solve its trash problem?

Sep 14, 2018 - 3:59 PM

Seventeen years after its enactment, LGUs struggle to implement our solid waste management law

New suspect in Fr Nilo case, Canada trash, ASIMO | Evening wRap

Jun 29, 2018 - 9:06 PM

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Netizens slam devotees, tourists for leaving trash in Holy Week sites

Mar 31, 2018 - 10:46 AM

Irate netizens document the litter left in Holy Week pilgrimage sites and vacation spots

Quezon City garbage collection to continue during Holy Week

Mar 20, 2018 - 4:10 PM

The regular garbage collection schedule in barangays and main roads will be followed from March 26 to April 1

UNINTERRUPTED. Garbage collection in Quezon City is uninterrupted during the Holy Week. Photo by Leanne Jazul/Rappler

Waste waters: Plastic trash chokes Bali's sea

Mar 08, 2018 - 4:29 PM

An underwater video shot by British diver Rich Horner this week showing a sea overflowing with plastic and other garbage at Manta Point, a well-known diving site near Bali's main island, highlights trouble in paradise

TRASH IN THE WATER. A screenshot of Rich Horner's video showing trash in the waters of Bali. Screenshot from YouTube.

Tropical storm Vinta, Ferry sinks in Quezon, Pimentel on Canada trash | Evening wRap

Dec 21, 2017 - 8:13 PM

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Pimentel calls for Senate probe into Canada trash

Dec 21, 2017 - 2:56 PM

103 container vans of trash from Canada were illegally shipped by an Ontario-based company to Manila from 2013 to 2015. They remain on Philippine ports.

DUMPED IN PH. Environment officials open one of almost 100 container vans of garbage shipped illegally from Canada in 2013. File photo courtesy of BAN Toxics

LIVE: House hearing on South Korean garbage smuggled to Cebu

Nov 21, 2017 - 3:34 AM

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#ThewRap: Videos to watch this week, November 13-19, 2017

Nov 19, 2017 - 12:52 PM

Must-watch videos from this week

Malacañang mum on Uson posting misquote of Trudeau

Nov 16, 2017 - 3:25 PM

'I think it is better left to the PCOO to address,' says Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte poses for a photo with Presidential Communications Assistant Secretary Margaux 'Mocha' Uson and Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque while on board the Philippine Airlines chartered flight prior to their departure for Vietnam on November 8, 2017. ALBERT ALCAIN/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

PH GDP Growth, Mocha on Trudeau, Duterte and Li | Midday wRap

Nov 16, 2017 - 12:33 PM

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Sotto: Justin Trudeau raised EJKs to ‘divert’ trash issue

Nov 16, 2017 - 12:13 PM

(2ND UPDATE) 'Imbes na mapag-usapan 'yung basura ng Canada na dinump sa atin, dinala niya 'yung usapan sa EJK na hindi pinag-uusapan ng superpowers like the United States, China, and even the EU because they feel that it's a local problem,' says Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III

Plus points on human rights, a miss on environment for Justin Trudeau

Nov 15, 2017 - 1:07 PM

(UPDATED) Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is confronted by the issues of human rights, women empowerment, and his country's illegal shipment of trash to the Philippines at the 31st ASEAN Summit

MAN OF THE HOUR. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau holds a press conference at the International Media Center for the 31st ASEAN Summit on November 14. Photo by Angie De Silva/Rappler

Duterte and Trump on South China Sea, Trudeau at ASEAN, Arms cache in Marawi | Evening wRa

Nov 14, 2017 - 8:01 PM

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Environmental group slams Trudeau's 'inaction' on Canada trash in PH

Nov 14, 2017 - 7:42 PM

EcoWaste Coalition hopes Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's response on the issue is not another empty promise

ASEAN SUMMIT ROCKSTAR. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sends many Filipinos into frenzy during the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Manila. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Trudeau says ‘now theoretically possible to get back’ Canada trash in PH

Nov 14, 2017 - 2:14 PM

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says they are still ironing out certain details like who should bear the financial responsibility for taking back the trash, shipped to the Philippines by a Canadian company

GARBAGE PROBLEM. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau holds a press conference at the International Media Center for the 31st ASEAN Summit on November 14. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

4 hard truths about Justin Trudeau

Nov 13, 2017 - 12:00 PM

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has impressed world leaders and swooning girls alike, but he has been hit for his views on climate change and using PR stunts to distract the public

THE RETURN. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrives in the Philippines on November 12 for the 31st ASEAN Summit. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Ahead of ASEAN Summit, Trudeau hit for Canada garbage in PH

Nov 11, 2017 - 3:34 PM

'PM Trudeau, clean as you go. Take your garbage with you!' says a critic ahead of the ASEAN Summit, which Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will attend

TRUDEAU. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is criticized by environmental groups over the export of Canada's garbage to the Philippines from 2013 to 2014. File photo by Lars Hagberg/AFP

Environmental group urges Duterte: Tell Justin Trudeau to get back trash

Nov 09, 2017 - 2:13 PM

'We are waiting on the President to make good on his campaign promise to hold Canada and Trudeau accountable for their trash,' says environmental group BAN Toxics, as both leaders attend the APEC Summit in Vietnam

CANADA TRASH. An environmental group renews its call for President Rodrigo Duterte to tell Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to bring back the trash that was illegally dumped in the Philippines in 2013. File photo from

Don't turn cemeteries into dumpsites, Cimatu tells Filipinos

Oct 31, 2017 - 12:00 PM

Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu gives tips on how to observe a garbage-free Undas

Cimatu file photo by Jee Geronimo/Rappler

Makati's 2016 garbage hauling costs lowest since 2007 – COA

Aug 27, 2017 - 6:25 PM

The drop in expenses is attributed to the local government s environmental programs according to the Commission on Audit

WATCH: Bill Russell trash talks like the legend he is at NBA Awards

Jun 27, 2017 - 11:51 AM

Bill Russell 83 lives up to his reputation at the 2017 NBA Awards

TRASH TALK LEGEND. Bill Russell drops a good one on NBA Hall of Famers at the 2017 NBA Awards. Photo by Bryan R. Smith / AFP

WATCH: How to repurpose plastic bottles into ecobricks

Jun 05, 2017 - 7:25 PM

The Plastic Solutions movement helps address the problem of plastic waste in Philippine seas

ECOBRICKS. Hundreds of ecobricks are used to build this wall of a hostel in Zambales. Photo by Raisa Serafica

Trash dumping in pilgrimage sites 'inexcusable,' eco group says

Apr 16, 2017 - 9:29 AM

EcoWaste Coalition posts photos of mounds of trash in popular Lenten pilgrimage sites

HEAP OF TRASH. EcoWaste Coalition posts photos of trash found at the Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto in San Jose del Monte City, Bulacan. Photo from EcoWaste Coalition

Paris mayor to spend 1.5M euros for 'war on rats'

Mar 13, 2017 - 7:53 AM

Mayor Anne Hidalgo unveils a 10 point plan aimed at making cleanliness a priority including ridding the French capital of rats and installing more public ashtrays

This photo taken on June 9, 2016 in central Paris, near Odeon, shows a pile of un-collected garbage. Geoffroy Van Der Hasselt/AFP

Keep public parks trash-free during the holidays

Dec 23, 2016 - 8:00 AM

Environmental watchdog EcoWaste Coalition warns trash can become a breeding ground for disease causing bacteria insects and pests including mosquitoes that carry chikungunya dengue and Zika

Minimize your holiday trash, eco group reminds Filipinos

Dec 18, 2016 - 10:13 AM

The zero waste advocacy group EcoWaste Coalition urges Filipinos to be more eco friendly revelers as the Christmas and New Year celebrations approach

POST-NEW YEAR TRASH. Street sweepers clean some of the garbage left following the New Year celebration in Luneta Park on January 1, 2016. Photo by George Moya/Rappler

PH gov’t to ship garbage back to Canada

Sep 06, 2016 - 9:34 PM

The justice department is set to file a motion for the execution of the June 30 order of Manila RTC Branch 1 Judge Tita Bughao Alisuag to ship back the wastes to Canada at the expense of the importer

BURDEN. The Philippine government continues to shoulder the costs of keeping 50 container vans of garbage from Canada in its ports. Photo from

QC gov't saved P246M in garbage hauling cost – COA

Jul 31, 2016 - 8:30 PM

Quezon City which used to be the biggest spender in Metro Manila when it comes to garbage hauling is able to reduce its volume of trash

Hong Kong takes aim at China for trash on beaches

Jul 10, 2016 - 8:40 PM

Hong Kong s leader Leung Chun ying says the garbage washed up after heavy rain and floods struck southern China

Workers and residents pick up refuse washed ashore at the top of a beach in Hong Kong on July 10, 2016. Hong Kong's leader on July 10 blamed a huge rise in rubbish blighting the city's beaches on refuse washed ashore from the mainland, and pledged talks with Chinese authorities to stem the tide. / AFP PHOTO / ANTHONY WALLACE

Poe, Roxas, Santiago weigh in on controversial Canada trash

Apr 23, 2016 - 2:03 PM

Green group EcoWaste Coalition says only the 3 candidates responded to their 9 point questionnaire on wastes and toxics

Lebanon 'You Stink' protesters slow traffic on key highways

Mar 14, 2016 - 5:00 PM

The activists are demanding a long term solution to Lebanon s trash problem

A Lebanese demonstrator lies holding her national flag blocking the Dawra road, a major highway leading towards Beirut slowing down rush hour traffic, in protest after authorities said they would reopen a landfill to ease an eight-month rubbish crisis, on March 14, 2016. The AFP journalist saw dozens of activists on a highway southeast of Beirut, standing in the middle of the thoroughfare to block traffic for several minutes before being pushed back by security forces.   / AFP / MARWAN TAHTAH

Plastic banderitas 'extremely wasteful' – watchdog

Jan 24, 2016 - 3:04 PM

After fiestas and when cleanups begin plastic bags used as banderitas make garbage disposal harder and more expensive

PH firecracker injuries, Dubai fire, New Year in Paris | 6PM wRap

Jan 01, 2016 - 6:49 PM

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Trash talk: New normal in politics?

Dec 19, 2015 - 9:00 AM

We should also guard against the dangers of trash talking politics

Davao city Mayor Rodrigo Duterte attends the 17th founding anniversary of the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) as the guest speaker in Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City on Friday. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

No 'going green' strategy: Jakarta faces waste crisis as garbage mountains rise

Dec 13, 2015 - 11:55 AM

The absence of a citywide recycling scheme and limited public awareness of going green means the tip – already one of the world s largest – is growing by an estimated 6 500 tons per day

WASTE CRISIS. As Jakarta's economy grows, so does its garbage mountain. File photo by EPA

Duterte on presidency, Poe’s SET case, Paris attacks | 6PM wRap

Nov 20, 2015 - 6:40 PM

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Duterte for president, Trudeau on trash, PH defense allies | 12PM wRap

Nov 20, 2015 - 1:52 PM

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Canada PM Trudeau on trash: We're working on laws for future

Nov 19, 2015 - 8:30 PM

Trudeau does not directly address questions on whether or not Canada will bring home trash illegally shipped to PH

FIXING LAWS. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau holds a press briefing where he is asked about container vans of trash a Canadian company illegally sent to the Philippines.

No 'trash' talk in PH-Canada meeting

Nov 18, 2015 - 7:31 PM

With no talks on the controversy the bilateral meeting focuses only on the strong Philippines Canada relations

Photo by Usec. Abigail Valte

Greenpeace PH to Trudeau: Take back Canada's wastes

Nov 17, 2015 - 6:55 PM

The Canadian waste issue is a test on how you treat your allies Greenpeace Philippines tells Canadian PM Justin Trudeau in an open letter

WELCOME TO MANILA. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (C) walks towards his car after arriving at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport for the APEC Summit, November 17, 2015.

Poe’s citizenship case, illegal trash, NLD landslide victory | 6PM wRap

Nov 13, 2015 - 7:01 PM

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PH groups urge Canadian PM: Take back illegal trash

Nov 13, 2015 - 11:20 AM

Such action will show that his government does not and will not condone the illegal garbage trade that is treating low and middle income countries as dumps say environmentalists

NEW LEADERSHIP. Can new Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau finally resolve the issue of illegal Canada garbage stranded in the Philippines? File photo by Geoff Robins/AFP

Robredo’s numbers, Mendoza in UN, Air France strike | 6PM wRap

Oct 06, 2015 - 6:51 PM

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BOC sues Filipino importer of second batch of Canada trash

Jul 30, 2015 - 1:10 PM

The Canadian exporter of the second batch of Canada garbage is also the exporter of the first 55 container vans yet no charges have been filed against him

NOT A DUMPSITE. Activists call on Canada to take back the tons of waste stranded in the Philippines shipped by a Canadian exporter. Photo by Gigie Cruz/BAN Toxics