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Garbage-collection halt at Okinawa bases could last up to 10 days

Garbage collection at military housing areas on Okinawa was put on hold Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017, while authorities sort out issues with a local refuse contractor.

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By STARS AND STRIPES Published: November 22, 2017

Trash collection at military housing areas on Okinawa is on hold while authorities sort out issues with a local refuse contractor.

Effective Tuesday, “all trash/refuse and bulk trash pick-up will cease for approximately 7-10 days in all Military Family Housing areas on Okinawa and Kadena AB main-base facilities,” said a message posted to Kadena’s official Facebook page.

The issue stems from contractual and licensing problems with a refuse contractor, the message said. The 18th Civil Engineer Group and 18th Contracting Squadron are attempting to resolve the issue

Recycling services are not affected and will continue as usual, said the message, which also urged personnel to recycle as much as they can to minimize the amount of trash piling up at their homes.

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