Dart’s green initiatives

The industrial-sized glass crusher has been pulverising bottles and glass from local bars and restaurants, as well as glass dropped off at recycling bins by the public for the past year, with about 500 tons of glass feeding the crusher’s hungry maw.

Dart estimates that, with several new community-focused glass recycling initiatives in place, the pulveriser will meet its annual capacity of 1,200 tons.

The mountains of glass bottles and jars used annually in Cayman no longer need to end up in Cayman’s landfill as a Dart-backed island-wide glass recycling programme grows in popularity.

Dart Realty has teamed with recycling company JUNK on a pilot project to collect and transport glass to a pulveriser in Camana Bay. More than 35 glass collection bins at schools, businesses and residential sites throughout Grand Cayman are emptied by Junk and the contents brought to the pulveriser for crushing.

The crushed glass will be used in future construction projects in Cayman. It can be used for road construction, sideway or walkway material and for home building materials such as glasscrete.

An estimated 10 per cent of all waste in the Cayman Islands comes from glass bottles and jars.

Among the glass destined for the giant crusher is more than 250 tempered glass windows from guest rooms and public spaces of the old Courtyard Marriott Hotel, which Dart Realty now owns and which is awaiting final demolition. The windows have been stacked and will be carefully shattered and then pulverised in the Camana Bay crusher.

The recycling of material from the hotel does not stop there. Ferrous and non-ferrous scrap metal already removed from the building is being baled on site and will be shipped off island for recycling.

Fixtures and fittings from the interior have been donated, while concrete and asphalt will be stockpiled and used as fill.

The industrial-sized glass crusher has been pulverising bottles from local bars and restaurants, as well as glass dropped off by members of the public at the Camana Bay recycling centre, for the past year, with about 500 tons of glass already having been fed into the crusher’s hungry maw.

Dart estimates that, with several new community-focused glass recycling initiatives in place and a growing interest in recycling, the pulveriser will meet its annual capacity of 1,200 tons.

Since the start of 2013, 1,125 90-gallon bins of glass have been crushed by the pulveriser, which is located next to the Camana Bay Chiller Plant off the north-bound Esterley Tibbetts Highway.

In January, members of the Cayman Islands Facility Management Association, made up of individuals responsible for managing buildings, visited the crusher to see for themselves how it worked and to find out more about the recycling programme.

Dart is inviting local corporations and businesses to sign up for its Cayman Recycles initiative, which aims to cut down on the amount of glass ending up in the landfill.

The company hopes that with more corporate involvement, glass recycling across the local community will become second nature. The initiative also gives participating companies a chance to demonstrate their commitment to environmental sustainability and to contribute to raising community awareness of this important cause.

The Cayman Recycles initiative involves a bin swap programme, in which company sponsorship pays for logos placed on one of the collection bins and one year of weekly bin service. Sponsors automatically become members of Cayman Recycles and can display evidence of their membership at their place of business, plus they will be included in public awareness campaigns of the initiative.

Corporate involvement in the programme costs $1,500. For more details, email Chip Ogilvie at [email protected].

In another green initiative, Camana Bay has been phasing out incandescent lighting in its Town Centre, replacing bulbs with more cost-effective lighting. The most recent changeover of the lighting system was at the MAC Store, which converted to LED in March. All the car parks at Camana Bay have already switched over to LED lighting.

As well as glass, aluminium cans are also collected at Camana Bay from office and residential tenants for recycling. There is a public recycling centre across from the Market Street Pavilion on Forum Lane, where both glass and aluminium cans are dropped off. The aluminium is picked up by the Department of Environmental Health and shipped to the United States for recycling.

Newspapers are also collected and taken to Cayman International School to be reused by students in arts and crafts projects or to the Humane Society Animal Shelter which uses the paper for kennel liners. Used magazines can be dropped off at Books & Books for the Waiting for Josephine campaign, which distributes the reading material to the Cayman Islands Hospital waiting areas.

Camana Bay also supports local sustainable farming by hosting the Weekly Farmers’ Market. The market will move to a new pavilion – on Market Street, adjacent to Anytime Fitness and Jessie’s Juice – in the early summer. The roof of the pavilion at the market’s new home will be lined with solar panels.

Solar panels are already in place atop the Solaris Avenue Parking Garage. These five panels power the Town Centre’s two public electric vehicle charging stations.

Camana Bay’s indigenous plants are watered using rainwater collected in the Town Centre’s irrigation cistern.

Camana Bay’s newest building, 94 Solaris Avenue, features many environmentally-friendly elements. Designed by Washington, DC-based Torti Gallas and Partners with support from local architects the Burns Connolly Group, the LEED-standard building’s features include: a rainwater collection system to recycle rainwater to flush toilets; thermal insulation; and high efficiency air conditioning systems, as well as tinted glass and shading structures to counteract Cayman’s strong sunlight.

Dart Realty’s green initiatives also expand to its recently opened Cayman Islands Yacht Club. Seaflex Moorings, which have a unique construction that allows them to slowly stretch to keep docks in place regardless of water movements, do not affect the sensitive sea beds and do not rust or introduce pollutants into the marine ecosystem.

The aluminium and synthetic produces used in the Poralu docking and walkway materials at the site are recyclable, while the lighting of the yacht club’s car parks, walkways and docks is solar powered.

 

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