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2016 KASB data released for the 3rd Quarter results of monthly cleanups

Data was collected from 13 of the 20 groups that conducted monthly cleanups during the 2016 3rd quarter of the AS-EPA Keep American Samoa Beautiful program in the Territory.  [Courtesy photo]
Source: Keep American Samoa Beautiful program media release

The AS-EPA KASB program has continued its efforts to clear roadsides, streams and beaches of littered trash. Of the 20 groups that are conducting monthly cleanups, 13 were able to submit data from April to June 2016 showing the types of trash collected from their adopted areas. The committed groups are listed below.

KASB Groups: All Peoples’ Pentecostal Church Youth from Pago Pago, ASCC Law and Justice Club, Fa’ilolo Pulenu’u and family, Grafalen’s Landscaping from Tafuna, Hear of Worship Ministry Church Youth from Tafuna, Iakina S.D.A. Pathfinders from Ili’ili, Ieova Nese Church Youth from Utulei, Leone S.D.A Pathfinders/ Youth Adventurers, Malaeloa S.D.A Pathfinders, Misipeka Family from Pago Pago, Pago Pago New Apostolic Church Youth, American Samoa National Park Services, and the Tafuna New Apostolic Church Youth.

The data collected is very critical in identifying appropriate actions to take as an agency, as a community, to help reduce solid waste, promote the reuse of certain items and encourage recycling programs throughout the territory.       

From April to June, 2016 the 13 groups removed an estimated total of 6,061 pounds of trash from roadsides, streams and coastal areas.

Here’s a look at the top 10 most littered items for this time period.

Top 10 Most Littered Item: 1) 213 pounds of Cigarette Butts, 883 pounds of Aluminum Cans, 592 pounds of Plastic Bottles, 346 pounds of Food Wrappers, 55 pounds of Plastic Bags, 18 pounds of Cups/Plates/Forks and Knives, 84 pounds Styrofoam Cups/Plates, 92 pounds of Caps/Lids, 85 pounds of Paper Bags, and 90 pounds of Glass Beverage Bottles.

Many of the most commonly found pieces of trash include items we use every day from food wrappers to beverage containers to plastic bags. The passionate volunteers who participate in the KASB program each year don’t just pick up trash that endangers the health of humans, wildlife and coastal economies; they count every item as well and record them on forms that are submitted to AS-EPA to consolidate and generate a report from.

AS-EPA Director Ameko Pato encourages the community, businesses and government departments to unite in the fight against littering and bring back the village pride in cleanliness that was evident in the past. “Getting each village to take charge and ownership of cleaning up their respective jurisdictions is the key to Keeping American Samoa Beautiful for generations to come” said Director Pato.  

American Samoa, the beauty and well being of our island rests in your hands. Please think twice before you toss that trash on the ground. Do your part, and join the movement to Keep American Samoa Beautiful.   

For more information, please contact the AS-EPA Solid Waste Branch at 633-2304 or visit our website