Guam – Federal Receiver Gershman, Brickner & Bratton [GBB] has announced that the Solid Waste Management Division (SWMD) has begun implementation of a curbside recycling pilot project for 1,000 SWMD customers on Guam.
The pilot project will determine the feasibility of implementing curbside recycling collection services throughout Guam for all SWMD customers.
Each participating household will receive a new 95-gallon wheeled recycling cart with a green lid. Beginning today, recycling carts will be distributed to selected customers in the following subdivisions: Summer Place, Ypaopao/Paradise Estates and Marianas Terrace in the northern villages of Guam. A total of 417 homes will receive recycling carts in these subdivisions. Over the next few months, the SWMD will select customers in central and southern villages to participate in the pilot recycling program.
Participants in the pilot program will be able to place the following materials in their recycling carts: cardboard and paper (newspapers, magazines, catalogs, unwanted mail and office paper), aluminum and other metal cans, and plastic bottles marked with a #1 or #2.
The SWMD will evaluate the success of the year-long project by assessing the level of participation in recycling, the quantity and quality of the materials collected, and the cost of the program, less any revenue from the sale of the recyclables.
The SWMD will also evaluate the costs and results of three collection schedules: weekly collection, every other week collection, and monthly collection. Participants will receive their specific collection schedules when the SWMD delivers their recycling carts. All recycling collection will occur on the same day as regular trash collection.
In a release, GBB Principal David Manning is quoted as saying that “With this new curbside recycling pilot project, participants can recycle more materials the easy way: mixed together in a cart they roll to the curb on collection day. From an operations standpoint, we know that recycling will extend the life of the Layon Landfill, but it will be important to determine the most cost-effective and efficient program for Guam. The pilot project, and how participating households respond, will help provide some guidance and direction for a long-term plan.”