Andersen Elementary student council revs up recycling program
“Vote for us and we’ll bring recycling to Andersen Elementary School (AES).”
That was the pledge made by the incoming AES student body council. The council members, with the assistance of educators Shawnette Celes and Cecilia San Nicolas, contacted the 36th Civil Engineer Squadron environmental flight to help coordinate their efforts in bringing recycling to AES.
Environmental staff members Russ Grossley, environmental management system director, and Yvette Bordallo, recycling program manager, provided a brief history of Andersen Air Force Base’s
recycling program and the commodities that are collected and processed for recycling.
The environmental staff arranged to provide AES with a recycling bin, and accompanied the students to the Arc Light Recycling Center. The students, along with their educators and a few parents, were given a tour of the facility, and briefed on the facility operations by Joe Igisaiar, recycling center manager.
The students were able to see where recyclables are sorted, packaged and prepared for shipment off base. Andersen currently recycles number one and number two plastics, aluminum cans, cardboard and all colors of paper and glass.
The students also learned the new Layon landfill in Inarajan, Guam, will not accept waste with excessive amounts of recyclables and improper loads from Andersen. They were informed the loads could be directed back to the base for additional sorting if necessary.