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Islandwide cleanup gathers 8.6 tons of trash

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. 27 and 28 that gathered 8.6 tons of trash.

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.

Residents of Rota participate during the 29th Annual International Coastal Cleanup.Residents of Rota participate during the 29th Annual International Coastal Cleanup.

Volunteers from Garapan Elementary School pose after the cleanup. Volunteers from Garapan Elementary School pose after the 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!”

The SSHS JROTC-Manta Ray Battalion cadets were happy to join the cleanup.The SSHS JROTC-Manta Ray Battalion cadets were happy to join the cleanup.

Northern Marianas Diving Operators Association members  pose before the cleanup.Northern Marianas Diving Operators Association members pose before the cleanup.

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

Other interested groups and individuals should contact Jihan Buniag at jihanbuniag@deq.gov.mp or 664.8513 for more information.

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.

Members of the environmental group Earth Challenge participated in the islandwide cleanup.Members of the environmental group Earth Challenge participated in the islandwide cleanup.

8.6 tons of trash were collected on island during the cleanup on Sept. 26 and 27.  Contributed photos8.6 tons of trash were collected on island during the cleanup on Sept. 26 and 27. Contributed photos

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.