Int’l coastal cleanup nets over 5,500 lbs of trash


The CNMI’s participation in the International Coastal Cleanup netted over 5,500 lbs of trash.

The Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality led this year’s International Coastal Cleanup, according to coordinator Mallory Muña.

In all, a total of 34 organizations registered for the event and a total of 5,538 lbs of trash were collected from Saipan’s coastlines.

“The participants…effectively prevented that trash from making its way into our oceans,” she told Saipan Tribune.

Volunteers of the National Park Services pose with the 107 lbs trash they collected from the Micro Beach and American Memorial Park areas. (Erwin Encinares)

Some of the organizations that participated in the cleanup include Marianas Young Professionals at Tanapag Beach, Docomo Pacific CNMI at Oleai Beach, DFS Saipan at the Old Man by the Sea, U.S. National Park Service at Micro Beach and American Memorial Park, Saipan Centennial Lions Club at the San Antonio Carolinian Utt, the Northern Marianas College Environmental Natural Resources Organization, or ENRO, at Laolao Beach, Saipan Southern High School’s Youth Environmental Ambassadors Club at Ladder Beach, Saipan Southern High School at the Koblerville Roadside, and Herman’s Modern Bakery at the Unai Dungkulu area and Coral Ocean Point area, to name a few.

The island-wide cleanup was the CNMI’s participation in the Ocean Conservancy’s 32nd International Coastal Cleanup, the world’s largest single-day volunteer effort to remove trash from beaches, waterways, lakes, rivers, and parks.

Since the first International Coastal Cleanup 32 years ago, over 12 million volunteers have removed more than 228 million lbs of trash that have ended up in various types of waterways.

According to Saipan Tribune archives, the 2017 International Coastal Cleanup yielded 1,040 volunteers that recovered 5,491 lbs of trash.

Erwin Encinares | Reporter
Erwin Charles Tan Encinares holds a bachelor’s degree from the Chiang Kai Shek College and has covered a wide spectrum of assignments for the Saipan Tribune. Encinares is the paper’s political reporter.

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