Mayor believes recycling is the answer to trash problem

Illegal dumping has long been an issue for the island community. (PNC file photo)

Dededo Mayor Melissa Savares says recycling trash or waste materials is a better solution to the illegal dumping problem in Guam.

Savares, who is the president of the Mayors Council of Guam, says she stands firm on the idea of recycling materials as a better solution since this will also benefit the environment. In fact, she says some recycling projects are now in the works.

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“The Guam Environmental Protection Agency has been working with a contractor from off-island and they’re crushing the glass making it really fine. So they have several cubic yards of that are already available and we’ve already identified several roads but not all that glass that was crushed are from here. They actually brought stuff in and refined and that’s going to be used to resurface roads,” Savares said in an interview with Patti Arroyo on NewsTalk K-57.

Additionally, Savares says by developing a new cottage industry with the items we already have such as glass, tires, and plastics, there wouldn’t be the need to have those materials shipped over for disposal.

Meanwhile, according to Angel Sablan, the executive director of the Mayors Council, through an appropriation of $144,750 from the Recycling Revolving Fund, 965 vehicles are expected to be picked up by September 30that a cost of $150 per vehicle.