A total of 10,290 lbs of trash was collected by over a thousand people in last week’s 28th annual International Beach Cleanup on Saipan, Tinian, and Rota.
According to Coastal Resources Management ICC coordinator Nicole Schafer, a total of 5,660 lbs of trash was collected by 698 people on Saipan.
Despite strong rain and winds last Saturday, Schafer said many organizations still pressed ahead with the fight for trash-free seas.
Some 793 lbs of trash was picked up on Tinian on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013, and a total of 145 people participated.
“In the end we collected enough trash to fill 42 trash bags,” said CRM ICC Tinian coordinator Ed Hofschneider, adding that the cleanup picked up trash at 10 beach sites.
A record breaking 3,837 lbs of trash was collected by 699 volunteers on Rota on Friday. Rota’s cleanup was in conjunction with the Rota Mayor’s Office’s islandwide cleanup and, according to Rota ICC coordinator William Pendergrass, the total number of volunteers was almost 30 percent of the island’s population.
“Special thanks to DPW for donating the trash receptacles, weighing the trash, and disposing of the trash and to MINA for helping to organize the receptacle placement at Fishing Base along with CRM,” Schafer said. “Thanks to CRM and DEQ for going around and collecting trash from cleanup sites. And thanks to all the volunteers that helped clean our beaches.”
The organizations that participated in the 28th ICC on Saipan include: GHD Inc., Saipan International School, U.S. Coast Guard, D&Q Saipan and Cosmos Distributing, Saipan Community School, Pacific Oriental Inc. dba POI Aviation, CTSI Logistics, Mount Carmel School sophomore class, Lions Club International, Region 2 District 204, Tan Holdings Adopt-A-Pavilion Team, Brabu Pharmacy and Wellness Center, Saipan Hash House Harriers, Pacific Island’s Club Saipan.
Dental Care Saipan, Our LaoLao, Saipan Southern High School, environmental clubs, Youth Environmental Advocates, Rep. Felicidad T. Ogumoro, T.A.S.A. Inc., Commonwealth Utilities Corp., Families of 13 Fishermen, Environmental and Natural Resources Organization, MHS National Honor Society, Office of the Lt. Governor, Managaha Rangers, Commonwealth Ports Authority, Department of Public Lands, Division of Environmental Quality, and Coastal Resources Management. (Thomas Manglona II)