Trashmore proposals sought

The government is inviting
proposals to redevelop the George Town landfill, create a waste-to-energy
facility and enhance Cayman’s recycling capabilities.

The Department of Environmental
Health will begin seeking responses to a request for proposals from Wednesday,
6 October. Submissions must be received by noon, 19 November, 2010.

“The issue of a request for
proposal is a long anticipated and welcomed step in the process of redevelopment
of the George Town landfill,” said Minister for District Administration, Works,
Lands and Agriculture, Juliana O’Connor-Connolly, under whose ministry the dump
falls.

“The ministry is seeking an
entity that will provide a practical and reasonable long-term waste management
solution for the Cayman Islands,” she added.

The government is requesting
proposals to provide a comprehensive solid waste disposal management facility
and waste-to-energy facility, as well as measures to enable recycling and to
produce green by-products such as biofuels and composting.

Also, entities will be required
to provide future waste disposal management options for the Sister Islands.

Currently, the George Town
landfill, known locally as Mount Trashmore, receives all types of residential
and commercial waste and recyclables, a method of landfilling that the
government says is no longer sustainable.

The landfill first came into use
in 1983. It has since grown to 80 feet above sea level at its highest point and
consists of one garbage mound that contains about 1 million cubic yards of
rubbish and a second mound of about 350,000 cubic yards of waste.

Pressure has been growing
throughout Cayman for steps to be taken to deal with the growing mountain of
garbage that is leaching pollutants into the North Sound and raising
environmental concerns throughout the community.

Recently, an group called WISE,
which stands for Waste Initiatives and Sustainable Environments, has been
holding meetings to enable the public to debate the issue and try to find
solutions.

Details of the request for
proposals and tender packages can be picked up from the Department of
Environmental Health administration office located at 580 North Sound Road from
8:30am to 5:00pm. All relevant documents will be provided in the tender
package. Documents will also be available on the Government’s Central Tender
Committee website, www.centraltenders.gov.ky.

Late submissions received after
the 19 November deadline will not be accepted.

Excluded from the RFP will be the
collection of residential and commercial waste; this will still fall under the
responsibilities of the Department of Environmental Health.

Read more details in the
Caymanian Compass this week.

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