This Jan. 15, 2019, is the final sweep of all typhoon debris.
The Saipan Mayor’s Office and the Department of Public Works have already made several passes through the villages, removing tin, lumber, vegetative waste, mattresses, furniture and the aftermath of Super Typhoon Yutu.
As the men and women clearing the way to build a more resilient Saipan prepare for final sweeps throughout the villages, they ask that residents do not throw their household garbage into the storm debris piles.
Household waste has slowed the process of clearing storm-related debris, and may cause other health-related issues should this continue.
“As a community, we have to take responsibility and take care of our household generated waste and not make the work of DPW and the mayor harder than it has to be,” said the Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality in a statement.
After Jan. 15, 2019, any household garbage found alongside the public right-of-way will be considered littering. This illegal dumping will result in fines in accordance with the CNMI Litter Control Regulations. (BECQ)