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BECQ to launch plastic-free Marianas campaign in January

THE Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality will launch the plastic-free Marianas campaign in January 2020 to reduce plastic usage in the CNMI.

Mallory Muna, communications specialist of BECQ’s Division of Coastal Resources Management, said the campaign will “encourage” companies and individuals to live a plastic-free lifestyle.

During the campaign, “groups will sign up to join, and then we will perform a plastic audit to identify ways that they can cut back on their plastic consumption,” Muna said.

Colleen Flores, DCRM communications assistant, said the campaign will also provide tools and resources to individuals, companies, organizations or groups that will help achieve “zero waste.”

“We’re planning on not just looking at businesses, but maybe also in the future, converting schools into zero-waste places. That will be our ultimate goal,” Flores added.

She noted that some of the businesses in Saipan have already started reducing their plastic usage, adding that some restaurants no longer provide plastic straws.

“That could be their first step and maybe we could work with them in the future to take more steps and become more plastic-free like,” she added.

Muna said the campaign will also educate the people about their consumption of plastic products.

In the CNMI, of the top 10 items collected in the recent International Coastal Cleanup Day, microplastics or plastic pieces that are less than 2.5cm in size, were second only to cigarette butts. Beverage cans, plastic bottle caps, and plastic lids were among the top five pollutants on the CNMI coastline.

For more information about the plastic-free Marianas campaign, email Mallory Muna at muna@dcrm.gov.mp or Colleen Flores at cflores@dcrm.gov.mp