Northern residents will have to haul their trash to the Harmon transfer facility if they want to utilize this service.
Guam – Much to the dismay of many northern residents, the Dededo Transfer station will officially be closed by June 30th. It’s a decision made by Chief District Court Judge Frances Tydingco-Gatewood at the request of the Governor’s Office.
Tydingco-Gatewood acknowledges that many northern residents expressed disappointment that the Governor’s Office proposed to close the Dededo Transfer Station, the largest residential waste transfer facility on island. However, Judge Gatewood said she granted the government’s request after several meetings and hearings on the matter.
The Governor’s Office proposed its closure, along with other proposals in an effort to save money as part of the Solid Waste Consent Decree. The closure of the Dededo Station would save GovGuam about $3 million, which is the cost to upgrade the station to meet Guam EPA permitting requirements. Northern residents will now have to haul their trash down to the Harmon Residential Transfer station to utilize this service.
Judge Gatewood also ordered that federal receivers Gershman Brickner and Bratton develop a plan for the proper environmental closure of the Dededo station and that GBB provide the funding for its closure using funds currently held in a special trust account. The funds will also be used to complete upgrades to the Agat and Malojloj transfer stations.
Because the closure of the Dededo Transfer station and the upgrades to the two Southern stations would be funded through debt service reimbursement, Judge Gatewood notes that the transition timeline may be affected. The anticipated date to turn over control of the Solid Waste operations back to GovGuam was in December this year. Judge Gatewood ordered GBB to come up with a new transition timeline also by the end of June.
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