DEH to get new equipment

The Department of Environmental Health will obtain special equipment that will enable it to process remaining Hurricane Ivan debris and other solid waste, Cabinet Minister Arden McLean said last week.

The equipment will include a metal compactor that could crush cars, a tub grinder and curtain burner to burn organic materials, trucks and special loaders.

‘We decided it was best to spend our money purchasing our own equipment to deal with the ongoing problem of the removal of solid waste,’ Mr. McLean said.

The equipment will enable the DEH to remove and process some of the remaining Hurricane Ivan debris such as tree trunks, he said.

The existing staff of the DEH will be trained to operate the new equipment. Mr. McLean said a training period is typically offered when purchasing this type of equipment.

The metal compactor will allow the DEH to crush not only the remaining cars destroyed by Ivan, but the estimated 500 – 600 vehicles taken to the landfill annually, Mr. McLean said.

Leader of Government Business Kurt Tibbetts said a source would be found overseas to which to sell the scrap metal after it was crushed.

‘The lessons learned by Ivan have been taken on board by this government to be better prepared in the future,’ Mr. Tibbetts said.