NEWS: Volunteers clean area around Dededo water wells
Volunteers helped pick up more than 50 cubic yards of household trash, another 30 cubic yards of tires, and at least 30 cubic yards of white goods.
And the work isn’t done yet.
“There was so much trash that we had to divide the operation into two phases. I want to thank the Department of Public Works’ Frank Taitano for donating his time and services to work with the Dededo Mayors Office and pick up where our volunteers left off,” Governor Calvo stated. They will be loading the white goods and bulky items, such as couches and mattresses in additional bins.
More than 200 volunteers from GovGuam agencies and community organizations, as well as individuals from across the island gathered at the site which sits off of Chalan Lumasu in Dededo where people had been dumping trash. The area is nestled between three water wells.
In addition to regular household trash, tires, appliances and furniture, volunteers found bottles of cleaners, several paint buckets, and other hazardous materials — most of which were rusted through. One can had a coconut crab inside of it. Some piles of trash were home to rhino beetle larvae.
“The work done this morning in Dededo was important to our entire community. We’re talking about mounds of household trash, white goods, metallic waste, and tires, just sitting above the aquifer that supplies our island’s water,” Lt. Governor Ray Tenorio stated. “I want to thank everyone who came out today!!”
We also want to thank our partners who donated to today’s operation: Mr. Rubbishman, Global Recycling and Dededo Mayors Office. A shout out to Ironwood Estates Management for assisting with parking for all the volunteers and opening their restroom facilities to us!
This was the third quarterly Basta I Basula cleanup of the year. The fourth quarterly cleanup will be held October 28.
Photos and videos of the cleanup can be found on and

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