Project Information

Environmental Stewardship
George Washington High School, John F. Kennedy High School, Okkodo High School, Simon Sanchez High School, Southern High School, Guam Community College, Tiyan High, J.P. Torres Alternative School
Environment Stewardship, Marine Sciences*
Science, Ecology, Biology, Environmental Science, Physical Science, Chemistry, Consumer and Family Science, Math, Sociology , Tourism
Outside of School
Project Ended
Joni Quenga Kerr
Basic Information
  • i-Recycle Program
    Peggy Denney
    9, 10, 11, 12
    Not Suitable for Persons with Disabilities
    No Costs

  • Description

    This is one of the largest festivals in the Pacific.  What if everyone all the time cleaned up their own mess, picked up after themselves, and recycled, reused, reduced, and rethought ALL the time? 

    Some of the things at stake:

    Ocean Ecosystems,  Aesthetic appearance of parks and roadways, Tourism, Corals, Protection from Waves, Beautiful Island Pride, and Health and Safety of Marine Creatures and Birds.

    What are ecosystems?  What is a coral reef ecosystem?  Who is in it?  Use a food web diagram.  Use the literacy strategies:  foldable or flow chart.

    Vocabulary:  producers, consumers, heterotrophs, autotrophs, energy loss 90% at each stage,

    Where does the trash come from?

    Sources?  Festivals, Illegal dumping, littering…

    If we don’t pick it up, where does it go?

    To our oceans, harming our sea animals

    It also goes out to sea, to other beaches, on the roadsides and into forests, making our island look dirty and ugly and makes tourists not want to visit Guam.

    Trash also goes out to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch which is only getting bigger and bigger…

    Degradation Rates of Trash:

    Plastics, Aluminum, Styrofoam, Glass, Rubber, Paper, Cardboard, Banana Peels…

    What can we do?

    Start with cleaning up, attending cleanups, clean up after ourselves and protecting our land and ocean by cleaning up when we see trash.




    RETHINK the importance of beautiful clean healthy oceans, beaches, Guam’s coral reefs and to encourage community stewardship for Guam’s natural resources

    Students should think about how we can create something or use living things to clean up our mess.  Especially with the Great Pacific Garbage Patch that is only getting bigger and will kill more and more living things. 


    This could lead to a STEM project kids can design to help to solve our environmental problems. 

    The work of scientists and engineers is a creative endeavor—one that has deeply affected the world they live in. Students may then recognize that science and engineering can contribute to meeting many of the major challenges that confront society

    today, such as generating sufficient energy, preventing and treating disease, maintaining

    supplies of fresh water and food, and addressing climate change.

    Career Pathway/Field

    Biological Sciences

    Environmental Science




    Marine Science



    At the end of a recycling session, students will be able to:

    • demonstrate how to sort plastics, aluminum, glass, compostable items, steel cans, cardboard, and food waste from trash that cannot be recycled.
    • summarize that recycling reduces demand on finite resources, energy use, emissions of green house gases and volume of trash in the landfill. 
    • demonstrate to the public how to recycle
    • summarize the importance of recycling to protecting the marine and terrestrial environment and the organisms within.
    • summarize biological and chemical effects of plastics on the marine ecosystem

    It is hoped that this project will also help to foster an attitude of environmental stewardship. 


    ·        Sign up to volunteer during recycling sessions from May 22 thru June 4, 2016 - except for May 29th.  Go to     the website to register and choose recycling sections:

    MUST GET APPROVED BY YOUR SCHOOLS ADMIN FOR SUMMER SERVICE LEARNING....... Select your school's Principal and wait for approval. 

            Recycling sessions are 10-2 pm, 2 pm to 6 pm, and 6 pm to 10 pm.

    ·       Report to Miss Peggy Denney, call 483-9415

    ·       Monitor recycling stations at the Paseo FestPac grounds set up by the i-Recycle Program

    ·       Direct the public to place recyclables, food waste, and compostables into the proper bins

    ·       Sort out recyclables from mixed trash:  Plastic bottles 1&2, Aluminum cans, steel cans, cardboard, paper,  compostable items, and food waste.

    Consolidate recyclables into plastic bags and place in proper roll-off.

    Students might also be asked to sort recyclables at the Agana Sewage Treatment Plant (this is a recent development).


    • Wear closed shoes
    • Bring a reusable water bottle

    Issue Area


    Resource Management

    Agency Description

    Recycling for the environment and to support schools

    Point of Contact Informations

    Go to the website to register and choose recycling sessions:

    Report to Miss Peggy Denney at Center Court before 10am, 2 pm, and 6 pm recycling sessions

     Call or text 483-9415


    Comments about the Project Location

    Location:  Paseo Park/FestPac venue and Chamorro Village

    Students will either be manning recycling stations or roaming and checking recycling stations. They might also be directed to help sort trash at the sorting site at the Agana Sewage Treatment Plant (this is a recent development).