Next on list: Clearing villages of typhoon debris


Several government agencies are working around the clock to rid villages of typhoon debris—for free. In return, the government just asks people to separate the waste.

Government agencies like the Saipan Mayor’s Office, Department of Lands and Natural Resources, and the Department of Public Works have been going into villages to pick up all typhoon-related debris.

Government agencies will only be picking up typhoon-related debris such as green waste, tin, and lumber.

For those who want their typhoon-related debris picked up, they must first separate all their waste into three piles; green waste, tin, and lumber.

The piles must be placed about 10 feet from public easements. Government agencies are instructed not to enter private property, so if not placed along public easements, debris piled along private property will not be removed.

Other typhoon-related debris that are categorized as white goods will not be picked up. White goods are refrigerators, household appliances, water heaters, washers, dryers, and other electronic products.

According to the Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality, all white goods that will not be picked up by roving government agencies can be dropped off at either the Lower Base transfer station, or the As Gono staging area (located in Koblerville). BECQ will not be picking up white goods or household waste.

Commercial or industrial waste, medical waste, and construction materials are not being accepted in drop-off stations.
The Lower Base and As Gono staging area will be open from Nov. 12 to Dec. 2, from 8:30am to 4pm.

Kimberly Bautista Esmores | Reporter
Kimberly Bautista Esmores has covered a wide range of news beats, including the community, housing, crime, and more. She now covers sports for the Saipan Tribune. Contact her at

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