Work has begun on removing debris from all temporary dumpsites used by the Cayman Islands Recovery Operation to a new processing site established in Frank Sound near Botanic Park.
CIRO chairman Mr. Orrett Connor said at a media briefing Friday that the trucking of debris from sites in Spotts-Newlands, Bodden Town and at Finch Drive in West Bay should be completed in less than a month.
The temporary sites were used so that the debris could be quickly moved from the roadways. All will be restored to their original condition. The processing site already in Frank Sound – located near the fire station on property owned by Mr. Charles Powell – will eventually be moved to the new site, said CIRO operations manager Mark Scotland.
MC Restoration is expected to wrap up the waste removal aspect of its contract this week as it nears its target of collecting 300,000 cubic yards of debris.
Mr. Connor said a decision on extending the contract with MC Restoration – which sparked widespread criticism from local contractors – has not been reached as the government is still considering options for ongoing debris collection.
But, he noted, working with an entity already on island with equipment in place is advantageous.
‘You have to look at the performance part of it. We’re getting the job done.’
Scotland said the debris is being reduced through MC’s air curtain burner, grinder and crusher. He noted most of the waste is reusable or recyclable, such as mulch from grinding wood and vegetative materials.
He said a local company is looking at the possibility of using ash in concrete production. Metals will be shipped off island.