Islandwide cleanup gathers 8.6 tons of trash


In: Coral Reef Initiative
Oct 8, 2014
Photo © Jihan Buniag
Photo © Jihan Buniag

THE Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality would like to thank the community, businesses and private individuals who participated in the two-day islandwide beach cleanup held on Sept. 26 and 27 that gathered 8.6 tons of trash on Saipan alone.

The tally was the most recently available and could still change as BECQ is still finalizing its numbers.

More than 570 individuals on Saipan, 147 from Tinian and 657 people from Rota participated in the 29th Annual International Coastal Cleanup.

Rota was able to gather about 2,244 lbs. of trash while Tinian collected 278 lbs.

In a statement, BECQ encourages businesses to participate in the “adopt-a-beach” program.

BECQ said it wanted to to thank “DPW-Solid Waste Division, and MINA’s Tasi Watch Rangers for partnering with us in this year’s International Coastal Cleanup. Without their support we would not have had such a successful event. We would like to thank everyone who participated for helping to keep our oceans litter free. Please continue these efforts to protect our oceans and coasts by joining our adopt-a-beach program!” Interested groups and individuals should contact Jihan Buniag at jihanbuniag@deq.gov.mp or 664.8513 for more information.

Last week, the Saipan and Northern Islands Municipal Council commended Cape Air for “adopting” the Oleai Pavilion and beach area.

BECQ is thankful to the following businesses and organizations that joined the cleanup: Northern Marianas College, SSHS YEA Club, SSHS JROTC-Mantas, Mina-Tasi Watch, NMC-ENRO Club, Earth Challenge, POI Aviation, CTSI Logistics, Kanoa Resort, Saipan SDA School, Marianas Variety, Brilliant Star School, SUP Saipan, Board of Parole, IT&E, MY WAVE Kagman Elementary, Joeten-Kiyu Public Library, Brabu Pharmacy, Century Tours, Inc., L&T Group of Co. Ltd./Century Insurance/Saipan Tribune, Fiesta Resort, GHDC Inc., NMDOA/ MVA, D&Q Saipan Co & Cosmos, Garapan Elementary School, BECQ, Aqua Resort and Club, Department of Public Works, Department of Lands and Natural Resources, Department of Commerce, Department of Public Works, Commonwealth Health Center, Community and Cultural Affairs, Department of Public Lands, Commonwealth Ports Authority, Department of Labor, Department of Finance, Rota Municipal Council, Dr. Rita Inos Jr./High School, Rota Elementary School, Grace Christian Academy, Eskuelan San Francisco de Borja Catholic School, Cape Air United Express, Star Marianas,Rota Resort & Country Club, Philippine Association, Transportation Security Agency, Department of Public Safety - Boasting division, Tinian DOC, Tinian Public Library, Tinian DLNR, Tinian Lt. Governor’s Office, Tinian CUC, Tinian High School, Tinian Elementary School and Tinian GCA.

BECQ would also like to thank the following for also supporting the cleanup: Ace Hardware, Three Kings Store, Sinapalo Safeway, D&J Equipment Rentals, Rota Merchandising Corporation and the Division of Fish & Wildlife.