Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) suffers of very low and insufficient Solid Waste Management (SWM), with most of the waste being disposed of at unlined landfills in Grand Turk and Providenciales.
Data collected show that the amount of waste disposed of increased by an order of magnitude in the period 2005-2016, from 2 to 15 tonnes/day at Grand Turk, and from 12 to 130 tonnes/day at Providenciales. In addition to the main disposal sites, in Providenciales and in Grand Turk, smaller ones are in North Caicos (Kew and Bottle Creek), Middle Caicos (Lorimers), South Caicos (south of the airport), and Salt Cay (southern tip). Parrot and Pine Cays ship waste off and have dump/transfer areas whereas Ambergris used to burn waste north of the marina.
HYDEA Spa is leading a joint venture with our partners Resources & Waste Advisory Group Ltd (UK) and Coastal Design & Engineering Ltd (TCI) to assist the Government of these islands for the Integrated Solid Waste Management Project, funded by the Caribbean Development Bank. in the timeframe of 12 months, starting in February 2023, our consortium is developing the countrywide Integrated Solid Waste Management Strategy and the Preliminary and Final Design of solid waste disposal facilities. The aim is to reduce waste generation, increase recycling and provide the Country with a state-of-the-art Solid Waste Management system, thus reducing the waste leaks into the ocean and the environment, and greenhouse gas emissions (CH4 and CO2) into the atmosphere.
The objectives of the consultancy are to prepare:
- an Integrated Solid Waste Management Strategy for the sustainable management of solid waste in TCI over a 20 year planning period;
- a Feasibility Study to recommend the preferred options for solid waste collection, transport, recovery and disposal;
- detailed engineering designs of new sanitary landfills and closure of old disposal sites, and prepare cost estimates and bid documents;
- a detailed programme of institutional strengthening, capacity building and awareness for TCIG agencies and other key stakeholders to enhance the sustainable management of solid waste in TCI.