According to Peggy Denney, a program coordinator with GEPA, the multi-agency group is looking for people to monitor the 100 plastic bins that will be set up along the parade route.
"We're afraid that if the sites are not monitored, the recycling isn't going to happen," she
added they currently only have about 30 bins and a limited amount of trash bags, so they are also looking for donations in that area as well.
Denny said it is the first time the group will be conducting a recycling effort of this size during the annual Liberation Day parade.
"We're going to do as much as we possibly can, but it's quite a big project to tackle," she
Petty Officer 1st Class Prezell Hutcherson, with U.S. Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station Guam, said he
is looking forward to helping out as a volunteer.Although this is the first time he
will be involved with Guam's parade activities, Hutcherson said he
is familiar with recycling programs because he
was previously stationed in Seoul, Korea, where recycling is a standard activity.
"We're going to do what we can and hopefully other people will pick up on it," he
Community program aide Cathrina Palomo, with Vicente S.A. Benavente Middle School
, said the effort will hopefully also provide the public with more educational awareness of the need for recycling.
"It's so we can promote Guam as a beautiful island and hopefully maintain it," she
According to Palomo, Benavente Middle
is one of the schools that will be providing volunteers for the project.She
encouraged parents and properly supervised children along with her
fellow school staff to help out.
"The more hands, the more involvement, the more maintained that area will be," she
Palomo emphasized having the volunteers working during the parade could provide the island's youth with positive role models.
"Our kids will be our leaders, so we need to set an example," she