Almost 50,000 cubic yards of Soudelor-related waste collected


A total of 49,388 cubic yards of green waste, tin, and lumber have been collected at different Typhoon Soudelor Debris Staging sites around the island. (Frauleine Villanueva-Dizon)

Exactly 10 months after Typhoon Soudelor, the cleanup continues for the island and wastes are still being collected.

At the Typhoon Soudelor Debris Staging sites, a total of 49,388 cubic yards of green waste, tin, and lumber were collected.

The As Gonno staging site, which was closed in April, collected a total of 13,155 cubic yards of debris. At the Kagman staging site, which remains open for the Saipan Mayor’s Office, a total of 36,233 cubic yards of debris, majority being green waste was collected so far.

“We closed down As Gonno in the last month, so the entire site has been cleaned up. It’s actually a lot better that it was before we started to use it,” Division of Environmental Quality director Ray Masga said. “DPW (Department of Public Works) has done a great job in removing all of the waste.”

“There’s no more debris that is being brought over to that site,” he added.

For Kagman, DPW completed the removal of the tin debris and lumber last week.

“We are going to maintain the site open for the next two weeks or so, until the end of May,” Masga said. “The Mayor’s Office is still out there collecting green waste, Typhoon Soudelor-related.”

Masga reminded the public, however, that the staging sites are closed to the public.

“We would like to notify the public that over the past month or so, there has been illegal dumping around the site and DPW has done a great job in removing those illegally disposed solid waste. But we want to notify the public that any future illegal dumping at the site will be taken action on,” Masga said.

The government has spent an estimated $200,000 to close down both sites for equipment, personnel, rentals, and other expenses.

Frauleine S. Villanueva-Dizon | Reporter
Frauleine Michelle S. Villanueva was a broadcast news producer in the Philippines before moving to the CNMI to pursue becoming a print journalist. She is interested in weather and environmental reporting but is an all-around writer. She graduated cum laude from the University of Santo Tomas with a degree in Journalism and was a sportswriter in the student publication.

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