$27M landfill expansion contract awarded

LANDFILL: Workers using heavy equipment work to bury trash at the Layon landfill on July 25, 2019 in Inarajan. David Castro/The Guam Daily Post

Core Tech International has won the $27 million contract to build a third trash cell at the Layon landfill.

The award of the contract was one of the last remaining responsibilities of the federal receiver Gershman, Brickner & Bratton over government of Guam solid waste management.

Guam Solid Waste Authority General Manager Larry Gast said although the contract has been awarded later than hoped, he is still confident the third cell will be completed and ready to receive trash by August 2021 when the first and second trash cells are expected to be filled up.

The funds to build the third cell come from the proceeds of $30 million the government of Guam borrowed from the bond market in July.

New debt won’t increase tipping fees

The Guam Solid Waste Authority has committed to making the debt repayment from the tipping fees it charges residents, businesses and the military for trash collection.

GSWA board Chairman Andrew Gayle and Gast have both said there will be no increase in tipping fees as a result of borrowing $30 million.

According to the attorney general’s office, Gast said, the contract still awaits the final approval of Judge Frances Tydingco-Gatewood of the District Court of Guam. She must formally terminate GBB’s oversight of the contract and assign it to GSWA.

“I expect that to happen Friday,” Gast said during a status hearing before Judge Tydingco-Gatewood in District Court.

Gast said Core Tech wants to get the job done “as quickly as possible,” adding the firm has indicated it “will be working multiple shifts.”

The Guam Daily Post's owner is an affiliate of Core Tech International.

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