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Scrap Metal to Tampa

Acting Premier Hon. Juliana O'Connor-Connolly and Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of DAWLA Kearney Gomez watch heavy equipment at work.

Scrap metal from the Cayman Islands will soon be headed to Tampa, Florida following an agreement between the Government and local company Cardinal D Limited, which has paid government CI$420,000 to remove 6,000 long tons of scrap metal.

The scrap metal, which is mostly comprised of post-Hurricane Ivan cars and other debris, is headed for Tampa-based company, One-Steel.

The 6,000 tons of scrap metal have been removed from all three islands, in an exercise that began on Sunday, 29 October and ended on Friday, 4 November. Fifteen local independent trucks assisted with filling the 300-foot barge Winbuild 303, on which the material is being transported.

This is the second time that Cardinal D Limited has been awarded a contract to remove scrap metal from these islands. The first removal was in April 2010 when 6,000 tons were removed and the company paid the Government CIS300,000.

Acting Premier Honourable Juliana O'Connor-Connolly said she was delighted with the removal of the scrap metal: "Not only is having this scrap metal unsightly, it is dangerous to keep around for any length of time because as Hurricane Ivan showed, debris can fly anywhere."

She also noted that the removal of this latest batch of scrap metal will free up space at the George Town landfill.

Mr. Jill Bodden, owner of Cardinal D, said he was pleased that his company was able to do its part to assist the Government and residents of the Cayman Islands.

Scrap metal refers to all processed (baled) metal items including automobiles (e.g. derelict vehicles), automobile parts, appliances, furniture, fixtures, construction debris and any other items consisting primarily of a metal content, including brass, copper, aluminum, steel, tin, cast iron and any other discarded metal suitable for reprocessing.

The use of scrap metal is now a vital part of the recycling movement, as it assists in reducing the resources needed to mine and process raw materials.