The manager of the Layon Landfill in Guam says about 16 million US dollars is needed to build a new storage area as its current facility is nearing capacity.
The solid waste management consultants, Gershman, Brickner and Bratton, says results from its quarterly report predict the two existing cells of the two year old landfill will be full by 2020.
A spokesperson for the company, David Manning says although overall waste has dropped and recycling has slightly extended the life of the cells, it is inevitable a new one will be needed.
"Our current projections suggest they will be filled probably in 2019/2020. It's a bit of an estimate at this point because obviously you don't know exactly what's going to happen in the future. And the government of Guam also needs to begin to prepare for that by constructing additional cells so that they continue to have landfill capacity."
David Manning says residents on Guam are being encouraged to improve their recycling efforts.