Metal Wreck Clean Up

This activity addresses the issue of wrecked metals: automobiles, SUVs, pick-up trucks, vans and minivans, trucks, buses, and some other machinery, as well as wrecked metal containers that have remained abandoned on the streets and on private property since 2017.

These metal wrecks pose potential environmental and health risks to Sint Maarten including:

  • Pollution from oils, fuels, batteries, and other potentially hazardous fluids or materials that remain on or within the wrecks.
  • Wrecked metal can provide breeding grounds for disease vectors. These diseases, such as the mosquito-borne Zika and Dengue fever, pose a direct health risk to the population.
  • Degradation of aesthetic value and loss of tourism and other business revenue.

The aim is to remove wrecked metal from the streets and private property, transport the wrecked metals to designated decommissioning/storage yards, and decommission the wrecked metals. The decommissioned metals will then be exported abroad for environmentally safe disposal or recycling.

It is of the utmost importance that this activity is implemented in an environmentally and socially responsible manner. As such, an Environmental and Social Management Plan (ESMP) is being developed to mitigate potential risks to the environment and human health and safety. Once the ESMP is finalized, procurement documents will also be finalized.