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Northern bus stop targeted by illegal dumpers

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Concerned parents are talking trash - they messaged KUAM News, asking for help because one northern bus stop is hit often by illegal dumpers.

It's a bus stop, but could pass for a dump. "This bus stop here gets really bad to where everybody is just throwing their trash," said Dell Rosario. And enough is enough for the resident. The Dededo mom walks her 7-year-old son to and from the Batullo Street bus stop morning and afternoon.

Every day, it's the same unpleasant sight accompanied by the stench. "It's an everyday thing. People throw their big black trash bags they throw tires, toys - there's been a few high chairs and walkers and beer cans," she added.

But that's not all - dead animals are often dumped at the shelter, which is why she and other parents and their young children find refuge under the trees, across the street. "We can't go in there. The smell some mornings is just really bad," Rosario continued. "And even if it's raining, we stand in the corner by the stop sign."

Although they've cleaned up the site on many occasions, illegal dumpers go at it again, what Dededo mayor Melissa Savares says is a never ending cycle. There are close to 90 bus shelters in the northern village alone. Savares says her staff pickup trash on Mondays and Tuesdays, but they can't keep up with the illegal activity.

The area is particularly vulnerable because of its location - at the bottom of the hill with few neighboring houses and poor lighting - it's a dumper's paradise. Aggravating the situation is the stray dog population who tear up the trash rummaging for food.

Although parents like Rosario have made calls for help to island leaders, until fines are strictly implemented, she doesn't believe they'll get a clean shelter for her son to safely wait for his ride to school. "It's so isolated. It's barely patrolled. It's an easy place to just throw your trash instead of taking it up to the dump and paying for it," she said. "We just want a clean bus stop. We just want people to stop throwing their trash and their dead animals over here. Because they need the bus stop and it doesn't help that we have to walk a very far distance just to get here."

Guam Environmental Protection Agency acting administrator Yvette Cruz tells KUAM News that they are aware of the situation at Batullo Street. Cruz states that if residents or the mayor's staff can track or identify the culprits, the Guam EPA can investigate and take appropriate administrative action.

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