EJL Services, the managing company of Statia Waste Solutions, will be offering technical support to recyclers on Saba, said its owner Jeffrey Lewis. Statia Waste Solutions handles the garbage pickup and the waste management plant in St. Eustatius.
Lewis said they are working on a cooperation in which he could assist Saba, whether it is in technical aspects or in providing advice. He said he took the initiative in reaching out to Saba to see what is going on with their recycling efforts. Based on the information he gathered and seeing the technical challenges when it comes to machinery and others issues, he decided to make contact with Saba. Since Saba has been actively recycling waste for a couple of years, he reached out to see what their challenges are and if their findings are the same as his own. “There is expertise that I have that can aid them and vice versa, so that we can solve each other’s problems,” he said.
He met with Head of Saba’s Department of Public Works and Sanitation Russell Thielman and engaged in a dialogue about the current recycling system and how the public responds to it. Both islands are faced with the same challenges in relation to the recycling aspect.
While on Saba, Lewis visited Saba’s waste plant, which was hit hard by last year’s hurricanes. Saba waste plant was damaged and because of that the machines are vulnerable to rain. Also, they are exposed to salt air as the location is adjacent to Fort Bay Harbour.
Saba’s challenges with garbage trucks are the hills as the automatic systems work better on flat surfaces.
Saba’s incinerator was down and they acquired an open-air burner from abroad. The incinerator needed to be refurbished and they were planning to fly in some expensive technicians from Bonaire, but since Lewis was present they utilized his services.
“Saba did not have the opportunity to get technical help in a short period of time. They did not know the expertise was right here on Statia, so now they know they can reach out to me for advice or technical help,” Lewis said.
Where the ordering of parts is concerned, his counterparts on Saba also learned they can use Lewis’ contacts with suppliers in the Netherlands as he has direct contact with suppliers. “Where it would take Saba maybe two to three months to get an item, it takes me five days,” Lewis said. In urgent cases, he can order the part, send it to Saba and they can have the item within a week or so.
“One of the things Saba does not have is space,” said Lewis. “I have the option to expand, if need be, or create an extra holding space. They don’t really have that luxury because they do not have that landscape.”
Thielman, Lewis said, was very happy that he had reached out. “I was welcomed, warmly embraced and my effort was greatly appreciated on Saba,” Lewis said. He gave some tips and advice about the glass pressuring and other machinery, as well as some do’s and don’ts.
“Working together, Saba and Statia can have a lot of advantages to the fact that we are both busy with improving our environments to the benefit of both islands,” said Lewis.
He said the results of his visit were very promising. “We will be working together in the near future and EJL Services will be assisting them with their machinery and processes. This initiative was based on both parties having enough experience and information based on how to move forward and improve the implementation of recycling on both islands. Two trucks are scheduled to arrive on Statia from Saba for repair.”
The Daily Herald.