GSWA is always looking for ways to expand residents’ opportunities to reduce waste and recycle. Recycling is the best way to preserve space at the Layon Landfill, and it has economic and environmental benefits over landfilling as a waste disposal option.
In October 2013, GSWA began to deliver recycling carts to its residential customers allowing them to place all of their paper (magazines, copy paper, newspaper, cardboard, cereal boxes, and other paper), aluminum and metal cans, plastics 1 & 2 beverage containers into the Recycling Cart.
The Guam Solid Waste Authority collects recyclables on the 1st and 3rd Friday of each month for customers who have their trash serviced on Mondays and Wednesdays. The recyclables are collected on the 2nd and 4th Friday of each month for customers who have their trash serviced on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Learn more about the curbside recycling service through these frequently asked questions.
There are also containers at the three Residential Transfer Stations where customers can recycle cardboard and glass bottles and jars for free. The cardboard is taken to a processor where it is baled and shipped to an end user overseas where it becomes new cardboard.
Glass bottles and jars are taken to the landfill and stockpiled until such time where they can be ground and used as alternative daily cover for the trash.
For other locations in Guam where you can recycle, please see Resources.
Recycling Collection Schedule
Recycling carts are collected twice a month on the same day as trash is collected. View the schedule:
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Examples: Cardboard, mixed paper (magazines, catalogs, newspapers, copy paper)
Recyclables and trash are collected the same day from residents who participate in the curbside recycling pilot program.
Aluminum and Bi-metal Cans
Examples: Soda, beer, juice, pet food, vegetable and soup cans
Plastics (PET & HDPE)
Examples: Clear and colored plastic bottles and containers with a #1 or #2 recycling symbol, such as those for soda, milk, and water
Guam Solid Waste Authority crew members collected this pile of recyclable
from Paradise Estates.
Once the cardboard and mixed paper are separated, a skidsteer surges the
material to be baled, which is then are loaded into containers and sold overseas
where it is made into new paper products.