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January 12, 2011

Pacific Daily News

Bottle bill round-table discussion tomorrow

The community will have an opportunity to discuss a new recycling law tomorrow .

Sen. Tina Muña Barnes, who introduced Public Law 30-221, said the meeting will be a discussion opportunity for all parties affected by the new legislation.

"There may be questions from the larger community," said Barnes. "We just want to facilitate the program."

Barnes said she expected participation by the University of Guam Green Army, Guam Environmental Protection Agency, Guam Energy Office, the Recycling Association of Guam, iRecycle and the Mayors Council of Guam -- and had sent invites to military representatives and recycling companies.

The law, which was signed on Dec. 30, 2010, by then-Gov. Felix Camacho, will create a government-administered recycling program. It authorizes the creation of redemption centers where residents can turn in beverage containers for a 5-cent deposit levied on plastic, metal and glass beverage bottles sold on Guam.

The funds will be administered by the Guam EPA. Eighty percent will be provided to redemption centers to pay refunds to consumers who return bottles to the centers. The remaining 20 percent will be used for administrative costs, auditing costs and educational outreach.

Although the law allows the government to begin implementing the administrative aspects needed to run the program, the actual deposit fee won't be mandated until 6 months after the government of Guam reaches a voluntary, written agreement with the U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force commands.

The agreement must provide for such deposit fees to be assessed and collected throughout Guam, including all locations both on and off federal property.


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