Earn 5¢ for every aluminum can you recycle in Saipan

From now until August 31 this year, Saipan residents can earn five cents for every aluminum can they turn in to recycle. A similar program is being planned for the residents of Rota and Tinian.

Gov. Arnold Palacios’s administration is using federal funds for this Recycling Redemption Initiative, which aims to clean up the islands by providing this cash incentive.

Residents of Saipan can exchange their aluminum cans at the Artman Corp Drop-Off Center in Chalan Sisonyan Road in Tanapag on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Residents of Tinian and Rota will be informed when the program is available on their islands.


  • Mabel Doge Luhan

      04/11/2023 at 1:31 PM

    This is a novel approach to public health and preventable disease. I look forward to Pugua Spit For iPads and of course the famous Metabolic Syndrome Diagnosis Tacoma Giveaway.

  • Russ Mason

      04/11/2023 at 8:25 PM

    In New York City I often saw homeless individuals with shopping carts full of cans and bottles. That was often their only source of income.

  • The thought is good, since using Fed funds that have to be spent. The question is there a “bailer” (can crusher) to crush and bundle these cans into blocks for shipment?
    ALSO will the Fed money pay to ship this off island or will these cans be left to sit around for years?
    Recently I ran across an article, that I only skimmed over, about 11 states that have been losing $mill in recycling. This is even with some states having processing plants to accept these materials.

    Many years ago when I was in Hawaii on some projects on the outer islands, a recycling center was set up, for cans and bottles. The cans had to be bailed and shipped off island to Oahu for disposition.
    The bottles were crushed and was used in asphalt paving mixed in with crushed rock, later it was discontinued due to many complaints from motorists due to the reflective shine given of from the reflection from the sun. The company left after about one year, due to negative costs.

    Another area, an established rubbish company set up with with commercial business and home owners to collect the cardboard, bail the cardboard, and ship it to Oahu. (This was done due to space this cardboard takes up in the landfill). Even as they got the cardboard free and sold it to a company on Oahu, with the cost of shipping they were lucky to break even after the cost of preparing, loading the containers and trucking it to the pier.

    There are many more attempts at recycling from different areas all around that prove to be costly experiences, hopefully this exercise does not end up in a mountain of old cans left to littler an area as was done with storm debris.
    Since these are islands All will have to be shipped off island, who is going to pay for this and at what cost? Will anyone prepare for this? Lets see!
    From Tinian and Rota, the cost may be double for shipping. Maybe Rota can ship direct to Guam.

  • what about for plastic bottles? I have like a ton of 2L sam da so etc bottles I wouldnt mind bringing down their

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