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May 6, 2010

Guam Pacific Daily News

Military backs bottle legislation

The military will participate in a bottle bill program if it's passed into law, Sen. Tina Muna Barnes said in a news release yesterday.

The senator said she recently discussed her measure, Bill 149, with Joint Region Marianas commander Rear Adm. Paul Bushong, and that he expressed his support for the Guam Beverage Container Recycling Act of 2010.

When asked to confirm the senator's announcement, Lt. Jodie Cornell, Joint Region Marianas public affairs officer, stated: "Rear Adm. Bushong fully supports the efforts for 'One Guam, Green Guam,' and we are working with our partners in the Department of Defense for a plan of execution."

President Obama was expected to talk about his "One Guam, Green Guam" agenda during his scheduled visit in March. That visit was postponed to June.

The bottle bill would establish a mandatory deposit fee on certain recyclable beverage containers. The deposit would be assessed to customers, who would get the money back when they redeem the empty container.

"This is a significant achievement given that the senator has been attempting to implement a bottle bill since 2003 and this is the first declaration of full support to come from military brass," a statement from Muna Barnes' office stated.

The senator introduced Bill 149 last year. The measure is currently with the Legislature's Natural Resources committee.


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