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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information, contact:
David L. Manning, Special Principal Associate
Gershman, Brickner & Bratton, Inc.
Federal Receiver
703-573-5800
dmanninggbb@gmail.com
www.guamsolidwastereceiver.org

 

GUAM RECYCLES! Becomes “Greener” with New Recycling Containers for Collection of Cardboard, Mixed Paper and Glass

Recycling Program to be Launched September 15

 

(Fairfax, Va., September 12, 2008) – Court-appointed Receiver Gershman, Brickner & Bratton, Inc. (GBB) and the Guam Solid Waste Management Division today announced that beginning September 15, 2008, Guam residents will be able to recycle cardboard, mixed paper and glass at the Dededo Transfer Station, Ordot Dump and Agat Transfer Station.  Disposal is free and can be made during the following days and times:

Mixed Paper
Glass
Cardboard

The new recycling containers, part of a pilot program initiated by the Receivership and purchased under an Executive Order signed by Governor Felix P. Camacho authorizing an emergency procurement for solid waste equipment, offer Guam residents three convenient locations to drop off materials that comprise a significant portion of Guam’s waste stream and can be easily recycled or reused, thereby extending the life of the Ordot Dump.  While the Transfer Stations do not serve business customers as a disposal facility for waste, businesses are welcome to bring recyclables to these new recycling bins. The bins have individual openings, clearly identified with signs, for the following materials:

September 15 Media Event:
The launch of Guam’s recycling program will be celebrated at 10:00 am on Monday, September 15, at the Dededo Transfer Station.  The following individuals will speak:  First Lady of Guam Joann Camacho; The Honorable Melissa Savares, Mayor of Dededo; Peggy Denney, I-Recycle representative; Paul Tobiason or Berrie Straatman, Recycling Association of Guam; Cynthia Jackson, Solid Waste Management Division; and Jack Tucker of the Receivership.  Other participating offices:  District Court of Guam, The Office of the Governor of Guam, The Office of the Attorney General of Guam.

At the September 15 event, there will be photo opportunities of the officials placing recyclable materials in the new containers.

Truck and ContainerDavid L. Manning of Gershman, Brickner & Bratton, Inc., Receiver Representative, said, “The new recycling drop-off activity is part of a pilot program to provide additional recycling opportunities for Guam residents and businesses, which will divert materials that would otherwise be disposed in the Ordot Dump. This is a new beginning for a ‘greener’ Guam where recycling will become a regular practice.”

Paul Tobiason, president of the Recycling Association of Guam, commented, “This is a major step on a path to a more sensible, environmentally healthy management of our island’s post-consumer resources. All of us who call Guam our home need to recycle and compost what we can. What we call trash is actually a natural resource. We all need to be ‘part of the solution.’ And, an additional benefit is that by co-operating with the Receiver, our small island is helping to reduce greenhouse gas and climate change.”

Additional high-resolution photos of recycling containers and signs are available for download at www.guamsolidwastereceiver.org/bins.html. For more information on Guam’s recycling program, please visit www.guamsolidwastereceiver.org or call 646-3239 ext. 201.

About Gershman, Brickner & Bratton, Inc., Receiver
In a Court Order dated March 17, 2008, U.S. District Court Judge Frances M. Tydingco-Gatewood appointed GBB to be Receiver with full responsibility for bringing the Guam Solid Waste Management Division into compliance with the 2004 Consent Decree for violation of the Clean Water Act. As Receiver, GBB’s objective is to work with Guam’s government, the Solid Waste Management Division, solid waste companies, the people of Guam, and the U.S. military to establish a long-term, financially viable and sustainable waste management system for Guam.

GBB is a national solid waste management consulting firm, headquartered in the Washington, D.C. area, that works on solid waste collection, processing, recycling and disposal issues, and assists in planning, procuring, and implementing sound, cost-effective facilities and services at the local, state, and national levels for both the public and private sectors. Since 1980, GBB has planned and developed a wide range of integrated waste management programs that use the latest technologies to improve efficiency, save money, enhance customer service, and protect the environment. For more information on the firm and its products and services, visit www.gbbinc.com or call 1-703-573-5800.

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