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New transfer station will accept household hazardous waste

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by Jolene Toves

Guam - Several major changes are in store for how we as a community can dispose of our trash while at the same time being environmentally conscious. Currently there are only three transfer stations in Guam, they are located in Dededo, Agat and Malojoj. That's about to change though as federal receiver Gershman Brickner & Bratton plans to make it four.

GBB operations manager Chase Anderson said, "This is the Harmon Residential Transfer Station there's going to have some new activities there than the other ones currently do not have. One is there's the building over there that will be for the household hazardous waste as provided by the consent decree between the Government of Guam and the USEPA we are to have a way of diverting house hold hazardous waste."

Anticipated to be completed in 2014 the Harmon Transfer Station will be larger than the Dededo Transfer Station with a trash truck wash, household material waste building, and a pay station. Operational hours will be the same as the other stations with an individual on site trained to accept household waste materials, load and dispose of the waste in an environmentally safe way or recycle when possible examples of house hold hazardous material include insecticides, anti freeze, oil, and paints.

And speaking of recycling, GBB plans to make it easier, by expanding its current pilot program which started in 2011 with 1,000 customers to all residential users.

Pending approval by the District Court GBB through the Guam Solid Waste Authority will roll out curbside recycling to all 15,500 residential customers on regular routes.

GBB is looking to start the program within the next 90 days.

Each of these customers will be given a 96 gallon recycle bin at no additional cost.

For information on how you can participate in the Curbside Recycling Program call 646-3111.

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