I’ve said it before, let me say it again: Guam is awash is litter. I’m not talking about cigarette butts and beer cans along the highway, though there is plenty of that to go around. I’m talking about illegal dumping of large objects, abandoned vehicles, washing machines, refrigerators, air conditioners, furniture, and back road boonie dumps. Many of these illegal dumps are exposed after a typhoon strips the foliage around the island, revealing nasty piles of garbage and rusting white goods at a convenient dumping point.
KUAM’s story on the abandoned vehicle program reported that over 1500 junked cars were collected in the last six months, and that’s only from the two villages of Yoña and Dededo. Hopefully the Chinese demand for metal will spur more aggressive efforts to remove all the junk littering the island. Somehow though, I doubt the kind of people that dump their old washing machine on the back road to Andersen are going to pay $15 to have it collected and shipped off island. And they definitely aren’t going to pay $75 for their old car when it’s cheaper and easier just to dump it in the boonies off Ysengsong Road and let somebody else deal with it.