BECQ resumes monthly cleanup in Garapan

Posted on Jan 03 2020


Start the year right by volunteering!

The Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality’s Cleanup Brigade is back and off to a clean start with a cleanup activity, as they are set to pick up trash from the Carolinian Utt to the Garapan Fishing Base tomorrow, Jan. 4.

Volunteers who would like to help can meet the BECQ representatives on Saturday at the Carolinian Utt parking lot at 8am. Volunteers will be split into groups and clean until 10am, break for drinks, and then continue, if needed.

“The cleanup brigade has been brought back to remind us that the simplest act counts toward the bigger efforts of a safer and healthier island environment,” BECQ’s Zabrina Shai said.

The last activity of the Cleanup Brigade was in June last year.

The BECQ is looking forward to a successful year of monthly cleanups and is inviting everyone to join the brigade. “Let us work together for the health of our coral reefs and cleanliness of our beaches for everyone to enjoy,” Shai said.

Established in 1997, the Cleanup Brigade consists of dedicated BECQ staff and community volunteers who meet every first Saturday of the month at 8am to clean up a pre-chosen location for two hours.

The trash is hauled away for disposal at the Marpi landfill, to prevent it from becoming marine debris. Last year, during the International Coastal Cleanup, Saipan volunteers collected almost 6,000 lbs of trash from all over the island.

The location of the monthly cleanup varies throughout the year, and will be posted on

If you want to volunteer, or for more information about volunteering, contact the BECQ office at 664-8500/1.

Iva Maurin | Author
Iva Maurin is a communications specialist with environment and community outreach experience in the Philippines and in California. She has a background in graphic arts and is the Saipan Tribune’s community and environment reporter. Contact her at

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