Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria left debris scattered across Sint Maarten. The subsequent demolition and reconstruction to repair the island only added to the debris. By June 2018, an estimated 100,000 cubic meters of hurricane debris had been collected and transported 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 properly or recycled

There is a conceptual design for the TDSR facility, and this will be part of the procurement documents. Implementation is currently slated for the 3rd Quarter of 2022.