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Guamanians urged to recycle

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 by Jolene Toves

Guam - Join in on recycling and help increase Guam's recycling rate by November 14.

America Recycles Day may be one month away but the Guam Environmental Protection Agency is urging island residents to get involved and recycle now. "It's a day where the entire nation and its jurisdictions come together and celebrate all of their recycling efforts that were implemented during the preceding year it a chance for each jurisdiction to not just document the strides that it made throughout the year through increases in recycling rates but also to build upon and hopefully make better every succeeding year," explained EPA administrator Eric Palacios.

And in hopes of continuing to get Guam's recycling number up into the double digits, Palacios share its importance, saying, "For Guam, it really important because over the last two years since we have established Guam's recycling rate we have gone up double digits and I am expecting that this year again we'll see a very pretty percentage increase in our overall recycling rate."

According to Palacios Guam ranks higher in recycling than most jurisdictions and while that is a great start Palacios says is still leaves a lot of room for improvement. "We pledged to do two years ago was to increase Guam's recycling rate by at least 3 percent each year until we get to about the 70-75 percent range," he said.

"I certainly want to thank everyone who recycles and then I also want to encourage them to recycle equally important is people who don't currently recycle we want to get the into the habit to recycle and you can ask for help from your neighbors if you don't have bins just help each other out by sharing bins or chipping in for gas to go and sell whatever commodities can be sold," he said.

Palacios shares that recycling is not only good for the environment, extends the life of our landfill but also can put cash into your pocket. So if you aren't already recycling its not too late to start as America Recycles Day will be celebrated locally on November 14th and the benefits of recycling are good for both our island and your wallet. 

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