‘Guam Recycles Day’ proclamation signed

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Guam Environmental Protection Agency director Walter Leon Guerrero said the island's youth will play an important role in recycling.

Lt. Governor Josh Tenorio this afternoon signed a proclamation declaring “Guam Recycles Day.”

The event was an opportunity to emphasize the importance of reducing the amount of trash that ends up in the landfill by recycling.

Guam Environmental Protection Agency director Walter Leon Guerrero said the island’s youth will play an important role in that effort.

And Lt. Governor Tenorio agreed.

“We believe that recycling and all our solid waste issues stem from our actions as a community of Guam. And it’s you youth that are going to change the way that adults have messed things up,” Leon Guerrero said.

The lieutenant governor said: “So it’s a big partnership that we’d like to see and we have a lot of work to do. But I’m so encouraged when I see young people and professional and educational leaders coming together to address this issue. Let me tell you that solid waste is a huge issue for an island. We only have so much land. I’m not a fan of expanding landfills. I would like to see us put only the things that we can’t recover into the landfill. A landfill is a place of last resort. It’s not a place of first resort.”

In 2012, when Guam EPA first began tracking its recycling effort, the EPA director said the island had a 17.8 percent recycling rate. That has now risen to 39 percent.

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