Hurricanes Irma and Maria left debris scattered across Sint Maarten. The subsequent demolition and reconstruction to repair the island added to the debris. In June of 2018, an estimated 100,000 cubic meters of hurricane debris had been collected. It was transported for storage to the Irma Debris Disposal Site (IDDS), located east of the Solid Waste Disposal Site (SWDS) on Pond Island.

Based on the size of these sites, a Temporary Debris Storage and Reduction Site (TDSR) was proposed. This temporary site plans to:

  • Reduce the amount of material currently in the landfill at IDDS and SWDS
  • Discontinue future landfilling of debris, which will reduce the potential of uncontrolled fires
  • Recycle materials that could be reused
  • Separate hazardous materials that should be disposed of properly or recycled

The ESMP is currently being finalized. The conceptual design for the TDSR facility is being prepared to be a part of the procurement documents. Once the procurement documents are finalized, the process will start. This is currently slated for the 3rd Quarter of 2021.