The Public Entity Saba recently signed an agreement with the company Cadwell Inc. from Boca Raton, Florida, to remove all recyclable material from Saba. This includes the pile of scrap metal at the landfill, the removal of car wrecks and the contents of the storage facilities with recycled glass, cardboard, aluminum, plastic and tires.
Commissioner in charge waste management and infrastructure Bruce Zagers, who signed the agreement with Cadwell Inc. explained that the project to remove all recyclable waste fits in the policy of the Public Entity Saba to recycle as much waste as possible and once collected and prepared, to ship this off island.
The first step for Cadwell Inc. will be to remove the large pile of scrap metal that has been accumulating at the landfill for several years. Cadwell Inc., which works with local sub-contractors on this project, will clean and prepare the scrap metal for shipping. Part of the project is an island-wide clean-up of car wrecks and other large pieces of metal.
Next step will be to remove the recyclables (glass, cardboard, aluminum, plastic, tires and motor oil) from the storage facilities at the landfill. These storage facilities are full and need to be emptied as part of a continuous process to recycle waste on Saba. “By doing this, we will establish a regular process of the removal of recyclables instead of having it accumulate too much,” said Zagers.
Zagers explained that it is hard to get rid of these materials and to get them off the island. That is why he is content with the agreement with Cadwell Inc. which will take all the materials on a barge to recycling facilities in the US. He said that the company was working on the logistics and that hopefully the barge will arrive here within the next few weeks.
The Commissioner informed motorists to exercise caution when driving along the road towards the gas station and landfill, because the containers that are now in the container yard behind the harbor office will be parked alongside that road. This is to make space in the container yard for the cleaned scrap metal which will be stored there until the barge comes.
Cadwell Inc.’s CEO and Co-founder Andrew Cadwell is already well-acquainted with Saba since he has worked with the Saba Electric Company (SEC) on different projects. Cadwell Inc.’s President and Co-Founder Joan Cadwell said that the company aims to further assist with the continuous removal of all future recyclable material on Saba on a regular basis and to use local sub-contractors throughout the process.
The Public Works Department is also very involved in the project. Commissioner Zagers, Head of Public Works Russell Thielman and Andrew Cadwell will be working closely together to ensure that this process is not only a success but that it reflects a new beginning to further regulate waste management.