In a relentless pursuit of acceptable ways to improve revenue, the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) government is about to implement a new tax on recyclable beverage containers coming in to the islands.
"At a date to be announced the government will impose a levy as a surcharge on glass, plastic, aluminum cans and bottles (recyclable items) imported into the TCI," said the government release. "In accordance with Section 51 of the Public and Environmental Health Ordinance, the government of the Turks and Caicos Islands is desirous of introducing a recycling programme. The objective of this programme is to help reduce the amount of litter currently in our communities and strive to make the Islands of the Turks and Caicos truly beautiful by nature," the release continued. Coinciding with the announcement of the new recycling tax was a public notice from the Ministry of Health and Human Services announcing tender for operation of redemption centres in the IGA and Butterfield Square parking lots of Providenciales and on other islands.
Retailers and consumers who take the recyclable containers to the various redemption centres will be paid five cents for each beverage container up to 16 oz and 10 cents for each container in excess of the 16 oz capacity. The government envisions that when it introduces the new import tax on recyclable items, retailers will pass this duty on to consumers. "Therefore, the government will allow for the establishment and operation of redemption centres whereby retailers and consumers on returning the recyclable items will be refunded a percentage of the levy," the government said. The tender calls for the procurement, installation, and operation of redemption centres at the two locations already secured by the Environmental Health Department.
The redemption centre equipment will be purchased from Nexcollect, in the USA, along with necessary components such as a battery operated compactor, portable electronic scale, hand-held computing unit with wireless capabilities for generating redemption vouchers, five waste receptacles and the redemption centre container. The cost of each centre will not exceed US$25,000 exclusive of freight.
The redemption centres are of an exclusive design (patented) and contain three compartments to hold metal, glass and plastic. The battery powered compactor is of an exclusive design. The compactor achieves a 12-1 compaction of aluminum, plastic and glass beverage containers. Glass is compacted and placed in the interior boxes that are of a permanent design and are emptied by simply opening the exterior door. Aluminum compacted blocks are stacked in the rear of the box as is the compacted plastic. The plastic block is placed in a plastic bag to ensure the integrity of the block and not to contaminate the aluminuim.
Bidders are asked to submit fixed price bids to operate the recycling centres, either individually or in full, in the following locations: IGA, Providenciales; Butterfield Square, Providenciales; North Caicos (covering Middle Caicos, Parrot & Pine Cay); and Grand Turk (covering Salt Cay and South Caicos). Proposals will be assessed according to their overall value for money to the government and the economy of the Turks and Caicos Islands. Criteria will include the bidder's experiences, capabilities, financial stability, and overall responsiveness to this RFP. Additional initiatives to reduce waste and enhance the environment of the Turks and Caicos are also welcomed and will be considered as part of the assessment process. Caribbeannews.com