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‘Overwhelming’ response to Kagman trash drop-off

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Posted on Apr 22 2021
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Residents take advantage of the first ever community trash drop off at the Kagman 2 field last April 17, Saturday. The one-day drop off is an initiative of Reps. Richard Lizama and Leila Staffler to make it easier for Kagman residents who find it hard to get to the Lower Base transfer station or the Marpi landfill to drop off their household trash. (Contributed Photo)

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.

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 iva_maurin@saipantribune.com
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