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Post-Mawar residential debris removal to begin this week

By Pacific Island Times Staff

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will begin collecting Typhoon Mawar-related residential debris throughout the island of Guam, according to the governor's office.

Residential pick-up will begin in Santa Rita, Umatac and Yigo on July 31; in Dededo on Aug. 1 and in Inalåhan Aug. 4.

Officials advised residents in these villages to sort out debris by type and place them within the right of way, within 10 ft of the curb prior to the start of pick-up.

Eligible debris types are:

  • vegetative debris;

  • large appliances;

  • construction and demolition debris; and

  • metal

"Although this program is beginning this week in certain parts of the island, exact dates for each village will be communicated on a local level and debris should not be placed in the right of way until the community is notified," the governor's office said.

Officials said the debris removal, which is free of charge, is available for all residential properties including apartments and condominiums.

Officials said the speed and success of the mission will depend on residents properly sorting the debris prior to contractors arriving. All storm debris must be sorted by residents into four categories (vegetative debris, large appliances, construction and demolition debris and metal) and brought to the right of way.

"Debris should not block the roadway, fire hydrants, powerlines, utilities or transformer boxes. In addition, debris should not be blocked by parked cars, abandoned cars, or by other means," the governor's office said.

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