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Chalan Kanoa cemetery littered with trash

THE public cemetery in Chalan Kanoa is littered with trash, including household waste.

This has prompted the Saipan mayor’s office to rent a big dumpster to collect the garbage in the area.

“People need to show respect for our cemetery,” Saipan Mayor David M. Apatang said.

Each year, the mayor’s office cleans the cemetery in October in preparation for All Saints Day, but he said the church recently requested  assistance to help remove trash from the area.

“It will take us a week to complete the task because we have to cut the grass and clean up everything,” the mayor added.

A field worker of the Saipan mayor’s office picks trash in the Chalan Kanoa cemetery area on Texas Road.  Photo by Junhan B. Todiño A field worker of the Saipan mayor’s office picks trash in the Chalan Kanoa cemetery area on Texas Road. Photo by Junhan B. Todiño

A member of the Friends of Cemetery, who declined to be identified, said they have tried everything they can to stop people from “messing up the cemetery.”

“But they don’t listen to us,” he added. He believes that people from neighboring areas are dumping their garbage at the cemetery.

Mayor Apatang said even if they put trash bins in the area people still “scatter their trash all over the place.”

On Beach Road, he added, “we have trash bins at the pavilions but you will still see rubbish in those areas.”

Cleanliness is not only the concern of his office and the Division of Parks and Recreation, but of the entire community, the mayor said. “We need the cooperation of the people. We don’t want to see trash in public areas.”

The CNMI’s anti-littering law was enacted in 1989. In 2016, it was “revived” and “revised” by P.L. 19-53 which is supposed to be implemented by at least eight government agencies. (See http://www.cnmilaw.org/pdf/public_laws/19/pl19-53.pdf)