Earth Day Outreach— GTC Elementary Learns More About Waste Reduction and Recycling

ANNOUNCEMENTS | May 03, 2024

To celebrate 2024 Earth Day, the CNMI Department of Public Works (DPW) and the CNMI Office of Planning and Development (OPD) last week took Gregorio T. Camacho Elementary School (GTC) students on a tour of the Marpi Landfill and Lower Base Transfer Station. Goals of the field trip included showing the students what happens to their trash after they throw it away and the importance of reducing waste and recycling to extend the CNMI landfill's lifespan.

At the landfill, DPW presented on what a landfill is and what goes into operating a landfill. At the transfer station, DPW and the Mariana Islands Nature Alliance (MINA) talked about what recycling is and what items can be recycled.

Also at the transfer station, DPW did a live demonstration of a glass crusher which turns glass into a fine powder that can be used in construction, landscaping, and other uses, while MINA spoke about their ongoing Community Recycles Plastic Program, which turns certain types of plastics into various usable products.

DPW and OPD thanks Gregio T. Camacho Elementary School and MINA for being a part of this outreach opportunity, and look forward to future collaborations.

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Learn more about MINA's Community Recycles Plastic Program here: