How it Works
The i*recycle program is designed to help Guam’s schools generate extra money by recycling aluminum cans. The program has provided 8-cubic yard bins to 40 schools, public and private, for the storage of the cans as they are being collected by the schools. The bins are emptied by Mr. Rubbishman and the cans are taken to Pyramid Recycling where they are baled. The bales are picked up by Ambros, Inc., taken to their site in Anigua, and loaded into a shipping container.
When the container is full, it is delivered to the Commercial Port where it is shipped by Matson to the West Coast. In Long Beach, California, the container full of aluminum is purchased by Anheuser-Busch Recycling Corporation (ABRC) at the current market value, and they send a check to the Guam Business Partners for Recycling, the seven companies that created this program. That money is then disbursed to the schools based on the quantity of aluminum each school has generated.
In addition to the 40 schools with bins, there are a growing number of schools that are participating in the program without bins. They collect bags of cans at their schools and deliver them directly to Pyramid Recycling. Pyramid gives them a receipt for the number of bags they have dropped off and then later, when time permits, Pyramid bales and weighs that aluminum. That weight is written down on their copy of the receipt, which is then provided to the i*recycle program administrator, Peggy Denney.
As each container is filled, the number of bins generated by each school with a bin and/or the number of pounds delivered directly to Pyramid Recycling for specified schools is computed by the program administrator. The total number of pounds per school is then multiplied by the current per pound rate paid by ABRC to GBPR, less some shipping and wharfage expenses incurred on the West Coast, and that determines the amount paid to each school. Please refer to the downloadable i*recycle SOP Guidelines for more details on these calculations.
Businesses, organizations and government agencies can participate in the
i*recycle program by separating out the aluminum cans they generate and providing them to a school of their choice. This is the Adopt-a-School component of the program. The cans may be delivered to the adopted school to be placed in their recycling bin, or they may be delivered directly to Pyramid Recycling. This is the process that is generally used for those schools that have no bins or when it is simply more convenient to take bags of cans directly to Pyramid Recycling.
It is helpful for the schools that have bins if the cans are not crushed because the schools are credited with a full bin based on volume, not weight. For those companies or individuals who deliver cans directly to Pyramid Recycling, the cans may be crushed because they will be weighed and the school will receive credit for that weight. Cans must be empty and free of contamination. Please note that contamination is anything that is not an aluminum can. Food, paper, plastic, Styrofoam, steel cans (like Mr. Brown) are considered contamination.
Whether you are an individual, a school, an organization, a government agency or a business, if you wish to participate in the i*recycle program and help Guam’s schools, please contact Peggy Denney, program administrator, at 483-9415 for more information.