Cadwell Inc., the United States-based company that has been contracted by the public entity Saba to remove all recyclables from the island, has already taken 310 tonnes of scrap metal off the island.
“This is a fine example of cooperation between private American companies, local contractors in Saba, and the Saba government,” said Cadwell Inc. Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Andrew Cadwell. Cadwell Inc. is also in the process of removing cardboard, plastic bottles, glass and car tyres from the island.
In total, Cadwell Inc. will transport approximately 85 tonnes of cardboard, five tonnes of plastic, 30 tonnes of crushed glass and 500 car tyres from Saba to a recycling facility in the US. The materials were collected and separated in recent years since the island started recycling.
A large number of car wrecks were collected in the past weeks during a cleanup campaign. The wrecks were taken to the landfill where they were completely stripped of plastic, rubber and other non-metal, to increase the value of the metal. A large batch of refrigerators have been stripped and processed as well.
The scrap metal was transported to Puerto Rico, where local authorities that are always very critical of what is imported for recycling, reported that the scrap metal was above-average clean. In the coming weeks and months, Cadwell Inc. will continue processing and removing recyclables from the island in successive transports.
“The entire process went very smoothly, also due to the good preparation of our people, and we are pleased with the cooperation with Cadwell Inc.,” said Commissioner Bruce Zagers. He said Saba was most certainly on the right track where it concerns recycling, but that the government wanted to keep improving in the coming years.
The good news of the removal of recyclables by a US company and the positive results of Saba’s recycling programme has reached US Ambassador in the Netherlands Pete Hoekstra, who will be visiting the island on November 14.
Also visiting Saba on that day will be several representatives of St. Maarten’s waste management sector to be informed of how Saba has succeeded in separating waste and recycling waste to a large extent in recent years. Saba wants to extend the cooperation with the other islands, to share know-how, improve waste management in the region, assist each other and to reduce cost for all parties.
Commissioner Zagers explained that in moving forward, the possibilities for physical adjustments to enhance waste processing in Saba are ongoing. This will further reduce the amount of waste that is incinerated and in turn will lead to lower emissions during the burning process in the air burner equipment.