Guam to participate in America Recycles Summit 


Less than a year after the Leon Guerrero-Tenorio Administration created the Zero Waste Guam Working Group (ZWWG) through Executive Order 2019-28, the group says its efforts have earned the recognition and support of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA).

On Tuesday November 17, the ZWWG will present their zero waste efforts at the 2020 EPA America Recycles Summit. Being the only territory in this year’s forum, Guam will participate as both a panelist and moderator of the Effective Strategies in Tribal and Territorial Materials Management and Recycling Systems.

The annual America Recycles Summit brings together organizations and individuals from across the nation interested in working toward a more resilient materials economy. In 2018, EPA held its first America Recycles Summit to address the most significant challenges facing the U.S. recycling system. In 2020, the virtual event will serve as a platform to announce national recycling goals and engage public and private sector discussion on the draft national recycling strategy. Registration is free and open to the public. 

Guam’s presentation will open with remarks from Lieutenant Governor Josh Tenorio, Chairman of the Islandwide Beautification Task Force (IBTF) and the Guam Green Growth (G3) Steering Committee. The IBTF focuses on collective, islandwide, community-based, and zero waste strategies as a practical framework for addressing illegal dumping. Their most recent effort on August 1, 2020, engaged over 1,000 volunteers who collected more than 22,000 pounds of trash, most of which was recyclable. The G3 initiative works to coordinate Guam’s adoption of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Lt. Governor Tenorio is leading efforts to mandate universal trash collection and improve solid waste disposal and material recovery policies.

Conchita S.N. Taitano, Executive Director of Zero Waste Guam, will serve as the panel’s moderator. Taitano recently served as National Vice President and then President (2018-2020) of the Association of State and Territorial Solid Waste Management Officials (ASTSWMO). Joining the discussion will be Cory Hinds from Jacobs Engineering. Hinds is a professional engineer with over 25 years of experience in Solid Waste Management.

(News release from the Office of the Governor)