Carlisle Powell, a senator in the Nevis Island Administration, is questioning if the person who has been contracted to help reduce the size of Nevis’ landfill and a man who was accused of fraudulent activity in the United States are the same person.
This past week the Nevis Island Administration, through the Nevis Solid Waste Management Authority, signed an agreement with United States-based ENCLAVE Resources to help reduced the size of the land fill and to export scrap metal, scrap iron and cardboard boxes off the island. Geoffrey Folsom is the representative of ENCLAVE Resources.
Powell told the Observer Thursday that he welcomes any idea or plan that will help the situation at the landfill, but questions information released to the public about the plans.
“I don’t know if we really had to go all the way to North America to get a company to take care of our solid waste,” he said. “I would really want to know the details as to what it is costing us. Secondly, I am trying my very best to find out if Geoff Folsom is the same person as Geoffrey Folsom, both of whom are from California. There is very little information you can get from Facebook, LinkedIn and Google,” he said. “I have a suspicion Geoff and Geoffrey Folsom are one and the same. One of them was associated with a company that was handed a US$32.6 million fine for fraudulent activity. So, if we are dealing with the same person who was participating in some recyclables in California, did we do our checks?”
According to a latimes.com article in 2014, the following was reported:
“… [F]ormer operator of the city’s recycling center, along with an Arizona-based company, owe $32.6 million in restitution to the state after reportedly defrauding the Beverage Container Recycling Program by submitting illegal claims for out-of-state beverage containers, officials said. For three years up until 2007, Burbank Recycling Inc., owned by Geoff Folsom, reportedly participated in a ‘highly complex scheme,’ submitting illegal claims for the out-of-state beverage containers. The items were bought from Mission Fiber Group, an Arizona-based company, which was using a stolen certification number, according to the state Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery, known as CalRecycle.
“Geoff Folsom, along with Ben Sung, the company’s vice president at the time, are challenging the decision in court, citing that they ‘were found liable for millions of dollars in civil penalties and restitution in a manner that was not supported by the evidence,’ court records show. The investigation began in 2007 after the state noticed a large spike in claims filed using the stolen certification number, records show, submitting at one point nearly 50 times more than the company had the year prior — or 11 million pounds of polyethylene terephthalate containers. An administrative law judge affirmed the findings of the CalRecycle investigation.”
The Observer spoke with the manager at the Nevis Solid Waste Management, Andrew Hendrickson, a day prior to speaking with Powell. Hendrickson noted then the many benefits the project will bring to Nevis. He said that in addition to having the landfill cleaned up as well as the entire island being rid of old vehicles, scrap iron and other items, that the company will seek to employee 15 people in various areas and the Solid Waste Management Authority will receive from ENCLAVE Resources a 7.5 percent annual on their net profit.
The project will be in three phases with the first phases beginning in September. The first phase, the Observer understands, is to create space and volume at the landfill. Phase One of the project is expected to take 18 months. It will also include maintaining the efforts through the implementation of resource-separated recycling programmes at various business places the authority deems important for cardboard and metal.
Hendrickson said the project will not cost Nevis a dime, as ENCLAVE Resources will produce all the necessary supply. He noted that the company also has similar projects in Grenada and Puerto Rico.
“Also, as part of the contract, there will be a new roll on truck with 12 additional bins… the authority currently has five bins, three on lease and two the public has access to. Also, an excavator will be resident at the land fill,” Hendrickson said.
The Observer questioned Hendrickson about the future plans that had been talked about by Minister of Health Mark Brantley about “waste to energy” and in his response he said “I cannot speak about waste to energy; I can only speak on what is before me. I can speak on the solutions that can come.”
As of print time, the Observer cannot confirm if Geoff Folsom and Geoffrey Folsom are the same person.