by Mindy Aguon
Guam - Despite its recent enactment into law, Bill 108 could pose further delays to the Bottle Bill, also known as the Guam Beverage Container Recycling Act of 2010.
Guam Environmental Protection Agency administrator Eric Palacios says with amendments made on session floor, the agency will need to understand what those changes mean to implementing the recycling program in addition to existing challenges of funding another employee, funding equipment, and getting the Department of Defense to sign off. He added, "It identified the funding source as our recycling revolving fund which is being tapped for many other purposes already - community projects and whatnot."
Palacios is concerned that the Mayors Council of Guam may also be tapping the funding source, as well. Bill 220 takes $2 million out for the mayors to buy heavy machinery to use in the different districts.
Palacios is concerned that there won't be enough money for either legislation to be successful should Bill 220 pass into law.