15 Sep 2007

Life expectancy of Guam dump could be doubled

4:53 am on 15 September 2007

Guam's Department of Public Works says it can double the remaining life expectancy of its main Ordot dump by limiting the trash being hauled in.

The Pacific Daily News reports that government solid waste managers recently determined Ordot dump had only enough room to operate for another 200 days.

However the Public Works Director Lawrence Perez says that as of next month, Public Works will collect no more than two or three garbage cans per week from each residential customer.

With no other place to put Guam's civilian trash, Public Works is embarking on public information campaign next to let people know about the crisis at the dump.

Mr Perez says it will give people options to reduce the amount of household trash, including listing the locations of Guam's recycling companies.

Since 2003, Guam has been under a federal court order to close Ordot dump and open a new landfill by next month.

But government officials have asked the court to give the island four more years to complete the task, citing a lack of funding and administrative obstacles.