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Guam Business Partners for Recycling

 

The Guam Business Partners for Recycling (GBPR) is comprised of eight businesses that have joined forces to implement aluminum recycling in 40 schools on Guam. They have contracted Peggy Denney, who was formerly with Guam EPA and initially acted as the liaison between the GBPR and GPSS, as the program administrator to coordinate the implementation of this program in the schools and provide education/outreach presentations and training to all participants.

Anheuser-Busch and Ambros purchased 40 eight-cubic-yard bins, one for each participating school. Perez Bros. provided concrete bumper blocks that have been secured to the ground at schools where no concrete or asphalt site was available for the bin. Canvas strapping with ratchets will be employed as a means of securing the bins in case of typhoon and will be provided to each participating school. Guahan Waste Control (Mr. Rubbishman) is providing the collection of the aluminum as the bins are filled by each school and delivering the aluminum to Pyramid Recycling for baling. Pyramid Recycling provides a valuable service to the program by baling all the aluminum they receive from Guahan Waste Control. The baled aluminum is palletized and picked up by Ambros, delivered to their site, and loaded into a container. Guahan maintains a record of every pickup at the schools, and that record is provided to Ms. Denney for accounting purposes. South Pacific Petroleum Corporation is providing the diesel fuel for Guahan’s truck. Coca-Cola/Foremost/Subway/Glimpses is the marketing arm of the program, and has solicited over $200,000 in advertising for the program from media outlets on Guam. They also create education/outreach materials, (i.e., fliers, posters) for the participating schools.


When the shipping container is fully loaded with the baled aluminum, it is transported by Ambros to the port where it is shipped by Matson Navigation to the West Coast. Initially, 20-foot containers are being used to in order to fill them more quickly and increase the momentum and enthusiasm in this recycling effort. As the number of bins collected on a weekly basis increases, the container size may be increased to 40-foot containers. Shipping and other expenses, including wharfage, container servicing, trucking and container sanitization on the West Coast, over which GBPR has no control, are deducted from the gross profits generated from each shipping container.


When the baled aluminum arrives at the West Coast, it is purchased by Anheuser-Busch Recycling Corporation, the largest aluminum recycler in the U.S. and second largest in the world, at the current market price. The price received for the second container, which was shipped in August 2008, was $.82/lb. On island we were receiving approximately $.35/lb.


The proceeds from each shipment are received by the Guam Business Partners for Recycling, Inc., a non-profit organization, and the disbursements to the schools are based on the volume each school has generated. Ernst & Young, Certified Public Accountants, have provided QuickBooks software for the program and are training Ms. Denney to maintain the accounting system. The checks to the schools are prepared by Ms. Denney, with the oversight of Ernst & Young, who will also provide financial statements and quarterly reports. The first container of aluminum was shipped the first week of April and contained 23,280 lbs of aluminum. At the time it was received by Anheuser-Busch Recycling Corp., the market value had risen to $.98/lb and the shipment generated $21,250 for the participating schools. The second container was shipped the second week of August and arrived on the West Coast at the end of the month. It weighed 23,480 lbs, but the market value has dropped to $.82/lb and generated a gross profit of $19,250. The ABRC check was received in mid-October, and after expenses incurred on the West Coast were deducted, the net due the schools was $17,439. Checks have been prepared and delivered to 44 schools. The third container was shipped in mid-December and arrived at the West Coast the second week of January. Payment for the third container has not yet been received, but the value of the aluminum will be less due to the current economic downturn. Also, ABRC has imposed restrictions on the loading of the containers, including strapping the bales and providing space between rows of bales as well as at the top of the container. Consequently, the third container weighed 14,586 lbs., considerably less than the 23,000 in the first two containers.


As of November 5, 2007, all 40 bins had been placed at the participating schools. These include 11 private schools, GCC and UOG, and 27 public schools, including all the high schools, middle schools (with the exception of the new schools) and 16 elementary schools. A list of the participating schools is included herein. In January of 2008, two DODEA schools, McCool Elementary/Middle School and Guam High School were each provided with a 3-cubic-yard bin by Naval Facilities to facilitate their participation in the program. Additionally, there are now ten schools (J.Q. San Miguel Elementary, Chief Brodie Elementary, Talofofo Elementary, Marcial Sablan Elementary, Liguan Elementary, Astumbo Elementary, P.C. Lujan Elementary, Astumbo Middle School, St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic High School and Southern Christian Academy) that are participating in the program without bins. They collect bags of cans at the school and teachers, parents and/or the program administrator assist in delivering the bags directly to Pyramid Recycling. There the bags are received and a receipt is provided to the school for the number of bags they delivered. The cans are then baled and weighed, the program administrator is provided with a record of he weight, and the bales are added to the bales for the “i*recycle” program.


The two key factors required to ensure the success of this program are “champions” of the program within each school and aggressive solicitation of community support. Ms. Denney strives to give presentations to teachers, staff and students at every school, as well as PTOs or PTAs where they exist. Presentations to other organizations, government agencies and businesses are also being given. It is imperative that recycling take place not only at the schools but also at the homes of students, teachers and staff, and their neighbors and relatives. Schools are also encouraged to actively solicit businesses within their community to adopt their school, separate the aluminum they generate, and donate it to the school.


Recycling of aluminum must take place at fiestas and other parties, picnics, concerts, sports events, and any other public function. In addition to aggressive recycling, the schools will be responsible for monitoring the bins and ensuring that the aluminum is not contaminated with steel cans, food or other trash. This is essential because any contamination reduces the value of the shipment and thus the payment from Anheuser-Busch Recycling Corporation. Also, we are advising all participants not to crush their cans because the Guahan truck is not equipped with a scale and thus cannot weigh the bin. Their report will indicate the volume of cans picked up each week.


According to data obtained from Rev & Tax, Matson Navigation, and the Navy Exchange, Guam imports over 79 million aluminum beverage cans annually which translates to approximately 2.2 million pounds. As of December 2008, 61,346 pounds of aluminum has been shipped through this program, which translates to almost 2.1 million cans. The program generated almost $38,700 for the schools with the first two containers, and payment for the third container is expected by the end of January 2009. Even with an expected reduced per pound rate, the i*recycle program still receives two to three times the amount received locally for recycled aluminum. The point of contact for this program is Peggy Denney, and she can be reached at 483-9415 or at info@irecycleguam.com


Bank of Guam, the People’s Bank, is the newest member of the Guam Business Partners for Recycling.  In addition to providing financial support for the i*recycle program, the Bank of Guam is implementing aggressive recycling at each of their 12 branches on Guam and each branch is adopting a school as the beneficiary of the aluminum cans they generate.  The following is a list of the branches and their adopted schools:


Main Branch Agueda Johnston Middle School
Yigo Upi Elementary School
Mangilao Price Elementary School
Naval Station Jose Rios Middle School
Merizo Merizo Martyrs Elementary School
Andersen AFB Agana Heights Elementary
Tumon St. Anthony’s Catholic School
Upper Tumon St. John’s School
Santa Cruz  CL Taitano Elementary School
Tamuning Tamuning Elementary
Harmon Juan M. Guerrero Elementary School
Dededo Adacao Elementary Schoo