Court lifts federal receivership on solid waste; GBB to end service at the end of the year

The government of Guam will finally regain control of the island's solid waste operations

following a federal court decision on Tuesday lifting the almost a decade-long federal receivership that cost millions.

Chief Federal Judge Frances Tydingco Gatewood said the court does not intend to extend the receivership when Gershman, Brickner & Bratton Inc. or GBB terminates its services by the end of the year.

As the transition period begins, Tydingco-Gatewood ordered the Guam Solid Waste Authority board to begin taking a more active role in solid waste system operations, which has an annual budget of $20 million.

The court ordered all their departments and agencies “to continue to cooperate with the receiver’s efforts to responsibly