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EPA approves DPW e-waste collection and recycling

(Office of the Governor) — The Department of Public Works-Solid Waste Management Division recently confirmed that electronic waste in the amount of 200 tons has been guaranteed and granted for disposal following the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s acknowledgement of consent or AOC and the assistance of the Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality.

According to SWMD Director Enrique Dela Cruz, the AOC is the approval for waste import/export tracking shipments for off-island recycling.

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E-waste collection continues at the DPW Transfer Station.  Office of the Governor photo

“E-waste collection has been ongoing following Typhoon Soudelor in 2015 and the effort began as a Federal Emergency Management Agency and DPW 90/10 cost share. As e-waste continuous to pile up, DPW has contracted Art Man Corporation to ship out ten 40-foot shipping containers to South Korea at a cost of $13,000 per each container or $130,000,” Dela Cruz said.

Secretary of Public Works James Ada noted that through EPA, the division was approved for cathode-ray tube recycling in August 2018.

“With this approval from EPA, along with the approval of South Korea’s Daegu Regional Environmental Agency, we are able to export up to 200 tons of e-waste to alleviate the burden of our landfill. In the last four years, including debris removal during Typhoon Yutu, this agreement has been a critical part of keeping our solid waste under control and protecting our environment,” Ada said.

Gov. Ralph DLG Torres said the EPA AOC is valid from July 30, 2018 through April 30, 2019.

“At the beginning of this effort, the Allied Pacific Environmental Consulting provided three 40-foot shipping containers in 2016 and at this time Art Man Corporation supplements the additional need for shipping containers to export more of these waste products. I am very pleased that this has been put into place amidst the current recovery efforts of Typhoon Yutu,” Governor Torres said.

Lt. Gov. Arnold I. Palacios reiterated sad while DPW continues to explore more efficient and cost-effective recycling options, that the current e-waste program has greatly alleviated the Marpi landfill.

“We are very cognizant of the need to increase the capacity of our landfill but at the same time, I commend the department for the initiative to continue the current sorting and recycling program and partnership with Korea as we improve our solid-waste management and mitigation efforts,” Lt. Governor Palacios said.

Director Dela Cruz added that as e-waste continues to increase in volume, additional shipping containers may be sought to meet program demands.

“Through a collaborative effort with EPA and BECQ, we have shipped out about twenty-one 40-foot shipping containers filled with e-waste to the U.S. mainland and more will be shipped out. Currently, 30 containers are waiting for export,” Dela Cruz said.

With the AOC from EPA and approval for import from South Korea, Dela Cruz says that DPW has also shipped out ten 40-foot shipping containers which weighed a total of 147 tons.

“We’re allowed up to 200 tons, but the outlook for e-waste on island is now being handled by EPA and BECQ collection from the Public School System, the Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation, other government agencies, public/private businesses, and the remaining products at the transfer station,” he said.

For more information, contact the Solid Waste Management Division in Lower Base at 322-2745/2760.