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Trash carts save money, eliminate freeloaders

by Michele Catahay

Guam - Central villagers listen up: Solid Waste Management is coming to a village near you to register residents for their new trash cart system.  Solid Waste Management is gearing up to begin registering the central villages for the new trash cart program.  The new carts, whose cost is included in the monthly $10 pickup fee, will help solid waste management identify active, paying customers by utilizing new technology. 

According to Solid Waste Management Administrator Linda Ibanez, each cart is embedded with electronic identification.  "It has a GPS device on it," she said.  "We'll actually know their service dates, where their service location is at. it's for our billing software system."

This will help the agency cut down its costs significantly.  Before the trash cart plan was set in motion, solid waste discovered that nearly half of the households receiving service weren't paying for it.  "In our active customers we have a database of 12,000 customers. When we did assessment and research we found out that there was a pickup of 24,000 households so they were getting services but not paying for service," she contined.

The technology contained within the carts will now allow Solid Waste to identify inactive accounts and remove the bins, halting service until the accounts are re-activated or paid off.  Solid Waste has already begun the task of delivering the carts to registered households.  "We have work orders that are being sent out we have a delivery team that goes out to each village and delivers the trash carts. Right now they're delivering to the south it's the back log that registered late," Ibanez added.

Keep in mind the registration is for both new and current customers.  Registration for Agana and Agana Heights residents will be at Agana Heights Mayor Paul M. McDonald's office on Monday and Tuesday.  Residents of Asan, Maina, and Piti can register at Asan-Maina Mayor Vicente San Nicolas' office on Thursday and Friday. 

Registration will be open from 1 to 8 on those days.  If you can't make it then, registration is also available at the Solid Waste Management Office in Upper Tumon along Marine Drive Monday through Friday from 8am to 5pm and on Saturday from 9am to 1pm.

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