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Make the pledge to go green

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by Ken Quintanilla

Guam - With a new year comes New Year's resolutions. And pledging to go green for the rest of the year not only helps you, but everyone else here on Guam.

i-Recycle's program administrator Peggy Denney says going green or doing more of it is an easy resolution you can keep, saying, "It's amazing to think that it's 2013 already but it should be a New Year's resolution, not that they're starting to think green but they're expanding their green efforts."

And not only is it a smart resolution to take, but a responsible one as well. "It all ties in to being a responsible citizen of the earth basically, a responsible, caretaker and steward for the earth and more specifically our island," she added.

Using a reusable bag as opposed to plastic when shopping to conserving power are some smart ways of thinking of green. Denney says practicing recycling is something you can do at home, noting, "So if you set aside bins, boxes, it doesn't have to be anything fancy, you might not want it to be unsightly but just set up something where you can religiously separate out and then you'll be amazed at how much less trash you're generating."

For aluminum cans she suggests identifying a school to donate to as part of the i-Recycle program and separating plastics one and two which feature the recycling logo on the bottom - both of which you can bring to Pyramid Recycling. She adds you can also bring glass to the Dededo, Agat and Malojloj Transfer Stations and paper to guahan waste control.  Ultimately, this simple task not only helps you but extends the life of the Layon landfill for not only for 2013, but for years to come.

"I just wish everyone a wonderful year," said Denney. "2013 is going to be amazing and we can all be a part of it."

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