The Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality is looking at creating two more convenience disposal centers—a place where garbage is kept temporarily before being brought to the main garbage transfer station in Lower Base and then to Saipan’s landfill in Marpi.
According to BECQ administrator Frank Rabauliman, illegal dumping continues to be an issue on the island and a possible reason may be that the original transfer station in Lower Base is not as accessible to those living in the southern part of the island as opposed to those in the northern parts of Saipan.
Rabauliman said that two convenience garbage disposal centers could be established—one in Koblerville and another in Kagman.
The idea is to motivate people to bring their garbage to the most accessible center based on their location, instead of just dumping their garbage on the side of the street or dumping it on another person’s garbage can.
The convenience center will separate the recyclables and hazardous materials from municipal waste and handle the transfer of the waste to the transfer station in Lower Base and into the landfill.
According to Rabauliman, the convenience center will only be open to municipal waste or household garbage. Private garbage collecting companies will not be allowed to unload their waste in any of the two convenience centers.
As of now, BECQ is just awaiting authorization and confirmation on the areas intended for the convenience centers. Rabauliman said a request for proposal has already been sent out. If all goes to plan, the centers could be established in the next six to eight months. “That’s just being optimistic,” he said.