Procurement Activities as part of Receivership of the Guam Solid Waste Management Division (United States District Court of Guam)

Guam SealThe Chief Judge of the United States District Court of Guam issued a court order appointing GBB as Receiver to achieve what the Government of Guam was unsuccessful in reaching during the previous 22 years – compliance with the Clean Water Act as set forth in a Consent Decree. What the Judge tasked GBB with, and what the Consent Decree requires, is a complete 180-degree turnaround of a completely dysfunctional solid waste management system while closing a dump that has been open for nearly 70 years.

The Consent Decree, signed between the Government of Guam and the United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) on February 11, 2004, ordered the Government of Guam to close the Ordot Dump, cease all discharges into the Lonfit River, open a new municipal solid waste landfill facility, and develop and implement recycling and hazardous waste strategies to reduce the volume of materials going into the landfill.

To develop the turnaround plan, GBB assembled a multi-disciplinary team of solid waste, procurement, landfill engineering, financial, and communication experts who, in April 2008, presented the Court with a roadmap for accomplishing the Consent Decree projects and reforming Guam’s solid waste management system.

GBB, working with public works, financial departments, the military, private waste haulers, and other stakeholders in Guam, has opened a new landfill and is on a path to comply with all of the terms of the Consent Decree in the most cost-effective and expeditious manner possible. This has been accomplished under the guidance of the Court and in consultation with the U.S. EPA and Guam EPA.

Key Milestones: Closing of Ordot Dump and Opening of Layon Landfill

Guam first tipOn August 31, 2011 and September 1, 2011, two events were held to commemorate completion of key milestones in bringing Guam’s solid waste system into compliance with the 2004 Consent Decree for violation of the Clean Water Act: the official opening of the Layon Landfill and the closing of Ordot Dump to waste disposal operations.

The Layon Landfill is a high-tech, environmentally sound and highly controlled landfill for non-hazardous municipal solid waste. It was built with an engineered liner and a leachate collection and removal system that protects human health and the environment. With a capacity in excess of 15.8 million cubic yards, the Layon Landfill will service the island of Guam for more than 40 years.


Guam curbsideGBB, in its capacity as Receiver for the Solid Waste Management Division (now the Guam Solid Waste Authority), has presided over several procurements including, but not limited to:

  • Request for bids for construction of the Landfill Operations Road and Mass Grading for Cells 1 and 2. Three bids were received and after careful review, the Receiver awarded a contract.
  • Invitation for Bids (IFB) to procure carts with riveted RFID tags attached and cart lifters to attach to existing trucks, and have these items delivered to a staging area on the Island of Guam. GBB was part of the team that subsequently evaluated the bids received.
  • Request for proposals (RFP) for technical assistance services for the initiation of groundwater quality monitoring activities for the Layon Municipal Solid Waste Landfill.
  • IFB for the construction of Layon Municipal Sanitary Landfill, Entrance Area Facilities, and Cells 1 and 2. Three firms submitted bids and a contract was awarded after careful evaluation of the Receiver.
  • Guam LandfillRFP for Construction Management Services for Layon Landfill Systems, Entrance Facilities, and Access Road and Utilities.
  • RFP for a firm to prepare final closure and post-closure plans of the Ordot Dump in compliance with the Consent Decree and RCRA Subtitle D, 40 CFR Part 258. The scope of work includes all of the site investigations and studies needed to support the plans and survey work needed to sort out numerous land ownership issues in the area. Five firms submitted proposals and the Receiver awarded a contract after a thorough evaluation process.
  • RFP from qualified Operators for services to operate the new Layon Municipal Solid Waste Landfill in compliance with the Consent Decree for seven years, with an option for two five-year extensions. The contract was awarded after a thorough evaluation process managed by GBB.
  • Request for Expressions of Interest to provide a Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) Transfer Station and transportation of MSW from the Transfer Station to the Layon Landfill.
  • RFP for the services of a contractor with demonstrated knowledge and experience in Household Hazardous Waste Facility Operation management.
  • RFP for construction management (CM) services for the construction of Ordot Dump closure systems, wetland restoration, Dero Road improvements and utilities for the Ordot Dump Closure Construction.
  • IFB for the construction of the environmental closure of the Ordot Dump & Dero Road Sewer Improvements.
  • IFB for Contract Processing of Residential Recycling.
  • IFB for the construction of Harmon Residential Transfer Station.
  • IFB for roll-off containers and stationary compactors.

For more information, visit the Receivership website and the Guam Solid Waste Authority’s website.