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    Wednesday, July 26, 2017-2:47:17P.M.

     

     

     

     

     

Brabu Pharmacy cleans up Garapan site

IN celebration of its first year anniversary Brabu Pharmacy and Wellness Center held a cleanup of its adopted site, the 13 Fishermen Monument area, a media release said.

“Any business successfully making it through its first year is grateful, especially during these economic times,” said Ted Parker, Brabu’s owner. “It’s also a good time to express your appreciation to the community that has supported you by giving a little back. So we decided to show it by cleaning up around our adopted bin.”

Brabu Pharmacy is one of 12 organizations that have put their name on the map by taking part in Mariana Islands Nature Alliance’s Adopt-a-Bin program. The program’s goal is to prevent marine debris by providing conveniently located trash and recycling bins at public beach sites with weekly trash collection services.

“The beach was pretty clean.” said Hannah Cabrera, Brabu staffer. “Most people seem to be using the bins, but there were still lots of broken glass and cigarette butts left on the ground”.

CNMI’s 2009 Coastal Cleanup Day records show that cigarette butts and packaging was the most littered items.

Cigarette butts are made of cellulose acetate which can take years to break down. Research shows that many people do not think of cigarette butts as litter, nor do they realize the environmental harm they cause. Butts thrown haphazardly start brush fires and even if extinguished create an eyesore when left on the ground, and eventually wash onto our shorelines.

Cigarette butts are specifically designed to trap toxins from entering smoker’s lungs. According to “Californians against waste,” butts can contain “up to 60 known human carcinogens including arsenic, formaldehyde, chromium and lead.” Littered butts become a toxic meal for animals and marine life that confuse them for food.

Smokers looking for a solution to disposing cigarettes when an ashtray or waste bin is not available can simply place the extinguished butt between the cellophane wrapper and the cigarette package until they find a bin to throw it away. It’s that easy.

If you are interested in learning more or would like to add your name to MINA’s Adopt-a-Bin map, contact 233-REEF or e-mail mina@minapacific.org.