Guahan Waste Control to start processing 300 tons of mixed plastics a month

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Guahan Waste Control is looking into bringing in a higher volume machine system that will process 200 to 300 tons of most mixed plastics a month. (GWC photo)

One of Guam’s waste management companies, Guahan Waste Control says they’re putting together a system for recycling mixed plastics.

Bob Perron, president of Guahan Waste Control, told the Rotary Club of Northern Guam that they are looking into bringing in a higher volume machine system that will process 200 to 300 tons of most mixed plastics a month.

Perron said the only type of plastic they will not be recycling will be PVCs because it can emit chlorine when the temperature reaches 400 degrees.

He also said that they will be tackling the glass waste issue in possibly a month as GWC was set back due to the pandemic.

Their plan was to set up a route through Tumon through the bars, restaurants, and hotels to pick up the alcohol glass bottles and get them to the glass pulverizer.

Perron says it will be slow in the beginning until tourism picks up but until then, they will look for other sources.

“We’re really looking into bringing in a higher volume system than those Precious Plastics systems. They’re good for a very small community and for demonstration projects but they’re not really meant for high volume. The Precious Plastics is kind of limited in the types of materials it can accept and also the volume of that material. So, it’s a very good start here but we need to go a little bit further with a bigger system, one that can handle more volume and eat up a lot of the plastic versus sending it to the landfill,” Perron said.

At the Rotary meeting, I-Recycle’s Peggy Denney also presented on the organization’s recycling and waste management programs and encouraged the community to go into composting.

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