Shipments of garbage misdeclared as “plastic synthetic flakes” from South Korea arrived on July 21, 2018 at the port of Philippine Sinter Corp. in Villanueva, and on Oct. 20, 2018 at the Mindanao International Container Terminal in Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental province. The Department of Environment and Natural Resources discovered that the shipments, consigned to Verde Soko Philippines Industrial Corp., arrived with no prior importation clearance from the agency, and were found to contain bales of plastic waste with hazardous materials, such as used dextrose tubes, diapers, batteries, bulbs and electronic equipment. The garbage shipments violated several Philippine laws, including the rules against toxic substances and hazardous wastes, and ecological solid management. The Korean Embassy in the Philippines confirmed the illegal shipments. A joint inspection by the Korean Customs Service and the Ministry of Environment and Customs Service of the exporter’s warehouse in Pyeongtaek City found plastic garbage waiting to be shipped, mixed with large amount of waste wood, metal and residuals that have not gone through appropriate recycling process. The embassy promised to take measures to have the wastes in question brought back to Korea as soon as possible.