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More than 200 volunteers cleanup Dededo eyesore

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Volunteers from across the government and community came together to tackle one of the island's worst illegal dump sites over the weekend as part of the Basta I Basula initiative.

"It was bad, it was really bad," said governor's spokesperson Oya Ngirairikl said of the amount of trash discovered during the Islandwide Beautification clean up held off Chalan Lamasu in Dededo over the weekend. The area was singled out thanks to concerns raised by Dededo Mayor Melissa Savares. She continued, "It doesn't hit you till you get there just how bad it was. I mean, we found metallic waste, we found white goods, we found old air conditioning systems."

The dump site is nestled between three water wells and lies directly above the island's aquifer. "And the aquifer is where most of the island gets their water from, the water that they bathed in this morning, that they brush their teeth in," said Ngirairikl.

Over 200 volunteers from GovGuam agencies and community organization came out to the clean up that collected over 50 cubic yards of household trash.  "The thing is we're not even done yet, we still have two bins that we're still filling up with tires, two bins that we're still filling up with white goods. There was just a lot there and it was really kind of overwhelming," continued Ngirairikl.

She said in addition to cleaning and blocking off these areas the government is also looking to boost enforcement. "The law already calls for a fine, but I think part of the challenge is not just catching these folks, but making sure that in the court of law they are held accountable," she said.

She thanked participants and noted another clean up event is scheduled for this October.

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