2016 KASB Press Release

The American Samoa Environmental Protection Agency (AS-EPA) begun 2016 by “kicking off” its Keep American Samoa Beautiful (KASB) program which has drawn public support from village and church groups, schools, businesses, families and individuals who are excited to clean-up and maintain the beauty of their adopted areas. The 2016 KASB orientation was held at the AS-EPA conference room in February to go over requirements of the program and to encourage active group participation during cleanups and their participation in public outreach campaigns on TV talk shows, radio stations and newspapers.

These groups are also required to fill out AS-EPA Waste Stream Data forms used to document the types, and quantities of solid wastes that have been collected during their cleanups and either recycled or disposed of properly. The data collected is very critical in identifying appropriate actions to take as an agency and community to help reduce solid waste, promote the reuse of certain items and encourage companies to undertake recycling programs throughout the territory.

For this year, 20 groups consisting of church groups, schools, businesses, families and individuals have signed up for the KASB Program, to adopt streams and roadsides, and volunteer their time to pick up trash. Eight of these groups provided AS-EPA with Waste Stream Data, information regarding the type and amount of trash collected during their scheduled cleanups. These groups are:

  1. Lauli’i CCCAS Youth, Lauli’i
  2. All People’s Pentecostal Church, Pago Pago
  3. Misipeka Family, Pago Pago
  4. New Apostolic Church Youth, Pago Pago
  5. Fatima Choir Group, Aua
  6. Catholic Youth Group, Fagatogo
  7. Apo's Family, Utulei
  8. Utulei Aumaga, Utulei
  9. Ieova Nese Church Youth, Utulei
  10. Leone Empowerment Team, Leone
  11. Silia and The Diamond Divas, Leone
  12. Seventh Day Adventist Youth, Leone
  13. Heart of Worship Ministry, Tafuna
  14. Grafalen's Landscaping, Tafuna
  15. New Apostolic Church Youth, Tafuna
  16. Kanana Fou High School JROTC
  17. SDA Pathfinder Club, Iliili
  18. Pulenu'u and Family, Failolo
  19. ASCC Law and Justice Club
  20. Miss American Samoa Incorporated (MASI)

For the months of February and March, these eight groups removed a total of 3,223 pounds of trash from roadsides, streams and coastal areas. Here’s a look at the top 10 most littered item in American Samoa for February and March of 2016.

Top 10 Most Littered Item:

  1. Beverage Cans 1358
  2. Beverage Plastic Bottles 1099
  3. Food Wrappers 1043
  4. Cigarette Butts 996
  5. Styrofoam Cups/Plates 815
  6. Plastic Bags 482
  7. Caps/Lids 470
  8. Cups/Plates/Forks and Knives 320
  9. Cigarette Filters 273
  10. Clothing/Shoes 222

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.

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.

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. The Director said that there has been very good progress since the beginning of the KASB program back in 2013 but there is still a lot of work that needs to be done. “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” stated Director Pato. “We have to work together as a community to solve the problem of littering and the KASB program serves to facilitate community, business and government collaboration in addressing this serious problem”.

Come out and adopt a stream, roadside or an area in your village and be a part of our winning team. For more information, please contact the AS-EPA Solid Waste Branch at 633-2304 or visit our website www.epa.as.gov.