Canadian garbage from the Philippines due to arrive at Vancouver port on Saturday

Tessa Vikander

Sixty-nine shipping containers full of festering Canadian household trash are expected to arrive in Metro Vancouver this weekend.

The containers, en route from the Philippines, are at the centre of a diplomatic dispute that drew attention to how Canada deals with its garbage.

“We are fully on track — or at least that’s what our officials have communicated with us — that the garbage will be making it by the end of June without any anticipated delays,” said Sabrina Kim, press secretary for the Office of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change.

The containers, filled with 1,500 tonnes of waste, left the Philippines on May 31 aboard the MV Bavaria cargo ship. They were later transferred to a larger ship, the Anna Maersk.

It is expected to arrive at the Deltaport terminal in Metro Vancouver on Saturday morning, and the garbage will be transported by truck to the Burnaby Waste-to-Energy facility where it will be incinerated.

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The shipping containers, originally labelled as recycling, were shipped in batches to the Philippines in 2013 and 2014 by a private Canadian company. But they contained household waste, which is prohibited under Philippine law.

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