Scrap metal heads for China

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A barge filled with tons of baled
scrap metal removed from the landfill left the dock in George Town on Friday
night, the latest consignment of the metal that will end up in a processing plant
in China.

Since last Monday, 6,000 tons of
scrap metal have been transported from the dump to the port and off island.

Mario Rankin, of Cardinal D. Ltd.,
the company that won the bid to remove the scrap, said the operation had been
quick and successful.

“We should have it completed it by
8pm tonight,” he said on Friday afternoon as a barge containing 3,200 tons of
the baled scrap metal was being loaded. A load was shipped off island directly
to Hong Kong earlier last week contained 2,800 tons of metal.

The scrap cargo is being shipped to
Tampa, and then onto Hong Kong to the buyer, Hong Luen Metal Trading Company.

Mr. Rankin said the scrap, which
consists of wrecked cars, debris from Hurricane Ivan and an assortment of other
metals, will be sent to a metal processing factory in China to be melted and
sorted.

“The company owns a big processing
mill that melts the material and they’ll sell that back to the Chinese on the
open market… it’ll be 100 per cent recycled… into steel beams, cars, etc,”
Mr. Rankin said.

Much of the loose metal material at
the dump, which could have posed a threat in a hurricane, has been baled and
removed, he said.

“We have been baling night and day
for the last three or four weeks and a lot of the loose material has been
baled, but there’s quite a bit left,” he said, adding that he estimated that
about 25 to 30 per cent of the loose metal remained at the site.

The loose material will continue to
be baled at the landfill, in preparation for future removal.

Since there is still several
thousand tons of scrap metal remaining, there will be another tender bid, the
Ministry of Works confirmed.

Cardinal D. Ltd. won the most
recent bid, paying the government $50 per ton – a total of $300,000 – in
advance for the scrap. The company sub-contracted Pan-Caribbean Energy Ltd. to
help remove the scrap.

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A barge filled with baled scrap metal at the George Town dock on Friday.
Photo: Justin Uzzell
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