Saba sends record number of recyclable waste materials to USA

Saba sends record number of recyclable waste materials to USA

 

The team at the Waste Management Facility with Commissioner Bruce Zagers (second from left) and Waste Management and Recycling Manager Camilo Usuga (third from left). Photo via Public Entity Saba.
The team at the Waste Management Facility with Commissioner Bruce Zagers (second from left) and Waste Management and Recycling Manager Camilo Usuga (third from left). Photo via Public Entity Saba.

Saba has shipped a record number of 50 containers with recyclables to the USA for further processing.

The Public Entity Saba said the 50 containers that left the island in 2022 contained the following recyclables: plastics (63 per cent), cardboard (20 per cent), plastic bottles (10 per cent), shredded tires (three per cent) and metal cans and electronics (two per cent).

All recyclables were shipped to the Caldwell INC company in Florida for further processing.

Last year the garbage trucks collected a total of 1,027,215.60 kilos of waste from households and commercial enterprises on Saba. In addition, the Waste Facility collected a total of 164,827.20 kilos from private vehicles that came to the facility to bring their waste.

The total amount of waste collected on the island was 1,192,042.80 kilos.

Commissioner of Public Works, Infrastructure and Waste Management Bruce Zagers said that significant progress has been made in waste management.

 “In the last years, we have completely revamped our processes which has resulted in more waste separation and more importantly, less burning. Before waste was being burned 5 times per week and this has been reduced to once per week, as the waste is now being further separated and exported. Our goal is to further minimize the burning cycle, and we will continue seeking opportunities in the longer term to completely stop burning all together,” said Zagers.

Waste Management and Recycling Manager Camilo Usuga is proud of the men that did all the work.

 “The road sweepers, the waste collectors, the open back truck team and the guys at the waste facility doing the separation, they all deserve a big compliment for their hard work,” he said. 

Usuga encouraged people to continue recycling.

  • PublishedFebruary 24, 2023

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