Tinian women fight littering for Women’s Month

(MVA) — In celebration of Women’s Month, women of Tinian and their allies attacked littering on their island head-on with a 4-mile cleanup on March 16, 2019.

In partnership with the Marianas Visitors Authority’s Beautify My Marianas program, the Tinian Ladies Organization rallied participants from five multi-ethnic groups for the campaign, which was led by Rosita Aldan, the wife of Tinian Mayor Edwin Aldan, and 17th Tinian Municipal Council Chairwoman Thomasa Mendiola. Over 25 bags of debris were collected.

“I want to thank all those who woke up bright and early to participate in our trash-a-ton, especially the women of Tinian,” said Mrs. Aldan. “I encourage all Tinian residents to help keep our island clean and to join us as we celebrate March as Women’s Month.”

The group started at the small marina dock at 6:30 a.m. and was able to divide and conquer the territory, due to the large number of participants. One group covered the main roadway and beach leading to the Tinian breakwater, while a second group collected trash along the roadway leading to the historic Japanese administration era Nanyo Kohatsu Kaibushiki Kaisha building. Another group covered 8th Ave., passing several historic Korean memorials along the way. All groups converged at Lazarino Beach.

Members of the Tinian Women’s Association collected trash on March 16, 2019.  MVA photoMembers of the Tinian Women’s Association collected trash on March 16, 2019. MVA photo

“Unexpectedly, there were so much trash collected and much more to be cleaned,” said

MVA field operations manager Vida Borja, who also joined the cleanup.

Beautify My Marianas offers $100 to student or other groups that pick up trash over 1-mile in an assigned area.

For more information on Beautify My Marianas or an application, visit www.mymarianas.com

Groups must apply to participate and document their cleanup with a written report, list of participants, and photos.