Marianas Variety, Tuesday, October 10, 2006
Cleanup yields toilet, sinks, washing machine
By Emmanuel T. Erediano
Variety News Staff
THE cleanup drive carried out Sunday by volunteers and litter control officers resulted in the retrieval of a toilet, old sinks and even a washing machine from a drainage area in the Garapan tourist district.
The cleanup started at 8 a.m., and was part of Beautify CNMI!’s ongoing islandwide campaign.
Despite the rain, the group of Sunday Beach Baggers which was composed of recently appointed litter control officers and a growing number volunteers collected garbage along a stretch of beach between two hotels.
The Division of Environmental Quality’s Beach Brigade and representatives from the office of Rep. Absalom Waki, Covenant-Saipan, also took part in the cleanup drive.
They started the cleanup at American Memorial Park before proceeding to the beach.
They collected plastic, cigarette butts, candy wrappers and beach debris washed ashore during last week’s weather disturbance.
The group trimmed trees and distributed garbage bags to people at the beach. The beach baggers also informed them about the anti-litter campaign.
Angelo Villagomez of the Marianas Resource Conservation & Development Council is urging the public to join their cleanup efforts and adopt areas for a cleanup drive even for a single hour.