The household trash drop-off project initiated by Reps. Richard Lizama (D-Saipan) and Leila Staffler (D-Saipan) last April 17, Saturday, proved helpful to Kagman residents, especially those who find it hard to get to the transfer station in Lower Base, or the landfill in Marpi.
Residents only needed to drive down to the Kagman 2 field to take advantage of the one-day drop-off.
According to Lizama, a total of 29 vehicles arrived on site with their household trash, filling up three full loads of huge construction containers that were then transferred to the landfill. The lawmaker also expressed appreciation to the community for the “overwhelming” response to the first community trash collection project, and for helping keep the community clean.
Staffler said the response of all the people taking advantage of the trash drop-off shows how much a transfer station is needed in the area, and that it is evidence of how important it is for people to have access to these kinds of services.
“We really did not expect it to be so full so fast, but the cars kept coming, people are taking advantage of this. Again, it is just a temporary solution to a really big problem, and until we have a transfer station in this area, we are definitely going to need to keep thinking about how to solve it,” she added.
The lawmaker also assured Kagman residents that last Saturday’s drop-off is not the last time they will be making the service available to the community, and that they will be offering collection services for different types of trash in the future.