Grand Cayman’s big cleanup is rapidly moving forward with 60,696 cubic yards of debris cleared to date.
This includes 80 vehicles that have been removed from public rights of way; these and other vehicles red tagged by the Vehicle Licensing Department are hauled to a processing area where fuel and oil are removed to make the cars safe for transporting off the island.
All hazardous materials found in household appliances (the white and metal goods debris categories) are taken to a special hazardous materials collection point and placed in special containers for shipment. The remaining material is shredded prior to removal off island.
‘The level of cooperation from residents is outstanding. Everyone is trying to do his or her part by separating debris to make the removal effort more efficient,’ said Dale Peterson of Witt Associates, who monitors MC Restoration’s work on behalf of government.
The 11 local contractors sub-contracting to MC Restoration hauled 356 loads of debris this Wednesday (15 December) alone. Some days, as many as 500 truckloads go to the dumping sites. On average there are 250 trucks of varying sizes on the roads carrying debris, including two locally owned self-loaders.
MC Restoration has also hired more than 200 Caymanians to assist in debris collection and processing. The company itself has only 15 personnel on island, working as debris site supervisors and monitors. They are supported by a small contingent of administrative staff.
‘Although no serious problems exist, the mechanics of a major clean up effort are fraught with challenges. Most of these have been overcome and we are now seeing a coordinated effort from all parties,’ added Mr. Peterson.
He also explained that MC Restoration had brought in a curtain burner that will be used to burn debris in a relatively smokeless and environmentally safe procedure. They also brought in a tub grinder to process vegetation and other materials into mulch, as well as two excavators, two wheel loaders and a couple of other pieces of equipment with grappling arms and extension beams.
‘MC Restoration is using all the equipment local operators can provide, bringing in only the special needs equipment that doesn’t exist on the island,’ Mr. Peterson concluded.