From rags to rugs

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A 20-foot container filled with used clothes or ukay-ukay seized by Customs authorities from the Subic Bay port was destroyed at a Guiguinto, Bulacan warehouse on Thursday.

Part of a P1.5 million worth of smuggled goods that included used or old tires and unclaimed balikbayan boxes, the ukay-ukay were torn to pieces using a shredding machine.

The ukay-ukay have been stored at the Bureau of Customs in Manila for two years.

The clothes were destroyed as they pose health risks to the general public, according to Bureau of Customs-Port of Subic district collector Atty. Ma. Rhea Gregorio.

The shredded clothes will be thrown in a dumpsite together with the destroyed tires and balikbayan boxes. However, if they can still be recycled, the ukay-ukay may get a new lease on life as rugs.

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