Recycler saves space at landfill

One recycler is looking elsewhere after a number of failed attempts to win the award of the contract to remove scrap metal from the George Town Landfill

National Recycling Centre owner James Moore is helping to stop the overflow at the landfill. Just take a look at his growing metal pile on John McLean Drive in East End.

‘Every time we recycle something, that means it’s not going to the George Town landfill, which saves valuable landfill space,’ he said. ‘I think if government let us salvage what we can from the landfill and get it off the island, it would be better for them, but talking to government has gotten no results,’ he said.

‘Works Minister Arden McLean said he would get back to me, but he did not. I even invited him to take a look at the recycling compound, but up until this day, I do not know if he has visited the site.’

Mr. Moore started his recycling business after two failed attempts to win the government tender for the removal of the scrap metal at the George Town Landfill.

‘I was unsuccessful in that bidding and the contract was awarded to Matrix,’ he said. ‘That deal soon fell through. It went out for tendering again and was squashed.’

After having no luck with government, Mr. Moore decided Cayman needed a scrap metal recycling business so he started one on his own, along with three volunteers.

‘Companies around the island bring scrap metal to the site. We also purchased from individuals,’ he said.

In the past year scrap metal was big business with the price for copper alone at $3-plus per pound, but today it is worth much less because of the effect the economic downturn has had on commodity prices.

‘It takes a lot of scrap metal to really make a profit. It also costs a lot to ship it overseas. This is where government needs to step in and waive shipping fees to help with a worthy cause,’ said Mr. Moore.

The company has still managed to pack two containers with crushed aluminum, copper and other metals to be shipped to the United States.

At the crushing site, metals such as guttering, aluminum scraps, window frames, copper and metal tanks are sorted, flung into the baler to be crushed, strapped and put into containers for shipment overseas. More than 600 vehicle batteries also await shipping.

Mr. Moore, who grew up in East End, says there is a need for recycling in the district and he wants to do as much as he can to help.

‘There are a lot of children who stay away from school because they don’t have lunch money. I think this is a good way to get school youngsters doing something. They could save drink cans and we will crush and weigh the cans and pay them. We have not gone into the schools as yet but we have every intentions of doing so in the near future.’

Mr. Moore is encouraging all residents that have metal scraps to take it to the job site or contact his company to have them picked up free of cost.

‘Right now we are not dealing with cars because the metal content is very low, but in the near future we will be looking at vehicles,’ he said.