Negotiations will start shortly to determine the next
step ahead of changes to Mount Trashmore, following the awarding of a contract
to a large waste-management company in the US, according to MLA Cline Glidden.
Mr. Glidden, the government representative responsible
for the landfill, said the awarding of the contract to Wheelabrator
Technologies Inc. to manage, own and operate a waste management facility for
Cayman is “just the first phase”. He said no date has been set for when the
company will take over the dump site from the Department of Environmental
“There is not a definite time frame because this is just
the first phase. This assessment was done to find a shortlist of companies with
the best technical expertise and experience to start detailed negotiations,”
Mr. Glidden said.
The government announced on Christmas Eve that of the 10 companies that bid
on the project,
Wheelabrator, a subsidiary of Waste Management Inc., the biggest garbage
collection company in the US, had submitted the winning bid.
on the [Central Tenders Committee] assessment, the technical committee will now
start negotiations to reach a contractual agreement based on financial and
on what terms are successfully negotiated with the respective companies, then a
contractual arrangement will be entered into regarding the existing landfill
and future operations,” Mr. Glidden said.
contract is for 25 years, and it is renewable, according to the RFP.
request for proposals, which was issued in October, invited submissions 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. Companies that
submitted bids were also required to provide waste disposal management options
for the Sister Islands.
request for proposals stated that the preferred site for the waste management
facility is the current site of the George Town dump, which now receives 320
tonnes to 350 tonnes of waste each day.
to responses from the government to applicants, new solid waste management
legislation will be drawn up to deal
with regulations relating to the new waste facility.