It is not too late to sign up for 28th Annual International Coastal Cleanup! Get your friends, family, coworkers, club members, and anyone else to take an hour out of their Friday or Saturday and pick up trash. Join the CNMI’s and world’s fight to keep the seas trash free.
Worldwide the top 10 common things that are found along the shore are cigarettes, food wrappers, plastic bottles, plastic bags, bottle caps, plastic eating utensils, straws, glass bottles, aluminum cans, and paper bags. Saipan is no different. Last year Saipan picked up almost 5,000 cigarette butts, 1,300 food wrappers, 1,700 plastic bags, and other items that equaled 4,100 lbs of trash.
Trash not only becomes an eye sore on the beaches but it can also cause health issues from water pollution and dangers from stepping on trash (e.g. glass). Our wildlife is also in danger from the debris we find along our coast. They get entangled, ingest it, and in some cases it is the cause of their mortality.
Join this global and local effort! Put your community first and sign up for the International Coastal Cleanup on your island. Call your local coordinator and see what beaches are available for cleanup. An hour of work will remove debris dangers from our coast and protect us and the local wildlife.
-Saipan coordinator: Nicole Schafer, 664-8312, ICC dates: Friday, Sept. 20 and Saturday, Sept. 21
-Rota coordinator: William Pendergrass, 532-0466, ICC date: Friday, Sept. 20
-Tinian coordinator: Edwin Hofschneider, 433-0494, ICC date: Wednesday, Sept. 18. (PR)