Aluminum and plastic to be recycled during Liberation Day Parade

18 July 2013

The Guam Environmental Protection Agency (Guam EPA), with partners from the University of Guam’s Sea Grant Program, i*Recycle and the Mayors Council of Guam, today announced the plans to encourage the recycling of aluminum cans and plastic bottles during the 69th Liberation Day Parade on Sunday.

Each permitted canopy along the parade route will receive two recycling bins made of chicken wire the morning of the parade. One bin is for aluminum cans and the other for plastic bottles. The bins are free for families to take home after the event. Parade goers are encouraged to bring recycling bins from home if more bins are necessary for their canopy. There will also be stationary recycling bins near the grand stand area. Volunteers will be walking the parade route to help empty the bins throughout the day.

More volunteers are needed to help collect aluminum cans and plastic bottles during the parade. Three nonprofit groups with the most volunteer hours will receive a cash prize of $200 per group. Volunteers are asked to meet at the i*Recycle tent near Bank of Hawaii or at the main recycling tent between GCIC Building and Staywell Insurance any time between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m..

“Saving aluminum cans and plastic bottles from an eternity in the landfill is easy if we have many people helping. We are happy to help coordinate recycling, especially at an event as large as the Liberation Day Parade,” said Guam EPA Administrator Eric M. Palacios. “Liberation Day, and recycling at the parade, reminds us that every single person can make a difference. Last year we collected more than two tons of aluminum and plastic with the help of i*Recycle, Guam Community College, the Boy Scouts and others. This year we hope to gather even more recyclables and we encourage everyone to take the time to put cans and bottles in the right bin.”

Volunteers can assist for any length of time, but for the hours to count toward a nonprofit group the volunteer must sign out at the i*Recycle tent or the main recycling tent. There will be free tank tops for volunteers while supplies last.

Recycling at the Liberation Day Parade this year is being supported by numerous partners including i*Recycle, Dom’s Lawn Service, Payless Supermarkets, the University of Guam, Guahan Waste Control, and the Mayors Council of Guam.

For more information about recycling at the Liberation Day Parade contact Tammy Jo Anderson Taft at 300-4761/988-7582 or email TammyJoAnderson.Taft@epa.guam.gov.