The Philippines has recalled its ambassador to Canada amid a dispute over garbage. The government of Rodrigo Duterte also recalled its consulate heads after Canada missed a May 15 deadline to take back dozens of shipping containers of garbage that had been sitting in the Philippines for years after it was discovered they weren’t filled with recyclables, as labelled. Ottawa is in the midst of contracting with a company to bring the waste back to Canada. According to a government official, steps must be taken to safeguard against the possibility of pathogens and viruses that may have formed within the containers. The Philippines will maintain a diminished diplomatic presence in Canada until the garbage is removed from the country.