Last of scrap metal to be removed

The future of the remaining
thousands of tons of scrap metal at Mount Trashmore could be decided this week.

The Central Tenders Committee is
expected to make a decision on which company will be awarded the contract to
remove the remaining material at its next meeting on Friday, 2 July.

A tender bid for the purchasing,
processing and removal of the scrap metal ended on 18 June and attracted three
bids, according to the Ministry of Finance, Tourism and Development.

In late April, the winner of the
last tender bid to remove scrap metal, Cardinal D. Ltd. shipped 6,000 tons of
baled scrap off the island.

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

The remaining scrap metal, which
according to the tender invitation is estimated to weigh approximately 6,000
tons, was subject to the latest tender bid.

Cardinal D. paid the government $50
per ton – a total of $300,000 – in advance for the 6,000 tons of scrap it
removed in April.

According to the tender invitation
document: “The remaining scrap metals must be processed and shipped from the
Cayman Islands in a timely manner, especially with the onset of the hurricane
season in June 2010.”

As well as the scrap metal already
at the George Town dump, metals at the Cayman Brac and Little Cayman landfills,
which need to be processed, and scrap metal that remains uncollected throughout
Grand Cayman could be included in the amount of metal the winning bidder will
remove.

“The Department of Environmental
Health may undertake an extensive advertisement campaign for the public to
bring their scrap metals from throughout Grand Cayman to the site or to make it
available to the Cayman Islands Government for disposal. The successful
tenderer will have an opportunity to purchase or bid for this scrap metal, as
well,” the invitation read.

Some of the remaining metal is left
over from an aborted effort to remove all the scrap in 2007 when Matrix, a
company jointly owned by a Caymanian and a Canadian owner, signed a $1.2
million tender contract to remove the debris, but ultimately paid only a
quarter of that sum to the government for the scrap metal. That contract was
cancelled in September 2007.

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