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August 14, 2010

Guam Pacific Daily News
Letter to the Editor

Reduce Guam trash by passing the bottle bill

We recently met a female military lady stationed at Andersen Air Force Base who commented that Guam was such a "trashy" place. It's true! Trash is thrown all about this island by many locals, and immigrants as well.

How do you think that this affects how our tourists see the island? Anybody that has ever been to Andersen knows how clean and well-maintained this base is. It's like you're in a different world.

A big part of the solution is to have a refundable deposit on all beverage containers. Bill 149, aka the bottle bill, recently had a public hearing and this bill had a lot of support except from the beverage industry. It is about time that these companies start caring as much about Guam and the environment as they care about their profits.

Hopefully our senators have enough common sense to vote in favor of this bill, make it law and not heed special interests. This bill would not only guarantee a cleaner Guam but also reduce the amount of waste going to the landfill, in addition to the fact that recycling protects the environment.

If, on the other hand this bill quietly disappears, like what happened to similar bills in the past, without getting voted on, it may be necessary to get the attorney general involved.




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