Thursday 12 December, 2019

Dart gets the nod on garbage contract

The Government Information Service (GIS) on Wednesday announced that a Dart-led consortium has been chosen as the preferred bidder for the proposed Integrated Solid Waste Management System (ISWMS) to be implemented in the Cayman Islands.

The new system is expected to process and divert up to 95 percent of waste from being landfilled.

The consortium, led by Dart, was identified after careful consideration by the ISWMS project team as the preferred bidder because its proposal best follows the recommendations in the outline business case and offers the greatest value for money.

DECCO Ltd., which is Dart’s construction/development division and Island Recycling partnered with Guernsey Recycling Group are all apart of  the bid team.

The bid team also includes a Denmark-based company Burmeister & Wain Scandinavian Contractor (BWSC) who are expected to construct a waste-to-energy facility.

While U.S.-based firm Cambridge Project Development Inc. will deal with the residual landfill component, and the international consultancy firm GHD completes the group, handling environmental and design aspects of the new facility.

The next stage of the process is for government and the preferred bidder to finalise a number of technical, financial and legal details before the contract can be entered into; a step which is expected to take several months.

 “I am extremely pleased that the efforts to deal with the pressing issue of the landfill have taken such a significant step forward,” said Dwayne Seymour, Minister for Health, Environment, Culture and Housing.

“As the matter now falls within my portfolio, I look forward to working with all parties to ensure that the people of the Cayman Islands are provided with a modern waste management system that caters for the essential needs of our country,” he added.

Ground-breaking is anticipated next summer for a phased implementation of the new waste management system, with the aim to have it fully operational by 2021.

“The DECCO consortium team has the specific experience and expertise to introduce and manage an ISWMS in the Cayman Islands,” said Cameron Graham, President of DECCO Ltd.

“Finding a sustainable alternative to the existing landfill is a matter of national importance, and we are pleased to be a part of the solution,” he added.

ISWMS will include the closure, capping and remediation of the current landfills on Grand Cayman and the Sister Islands, with recycling, composting and a waste-to-energy approach at the heart of the new operations.

The Department of Environmental Health will continue to provide waste management collection services for ISWMS.

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