Today’s Editorial for June 12: Trust proves recycling works

The proof of the pudding, they said, is in the eating.

The National Trust has proven that a recycling programme in the Cayman Islands will work.

The recycling project began 31 March in celebration of Earth Day and was supposed to have ceased 1 June.

But avid recyclers are still taking their glass bottles and jars to the National Trust in boxes and plastic bags, leaving the area around the Trust office on South Sound resembling more of a garbage dump than a collector of Cayman’s heritage.

Volunteers have spent countless hours crushing glass and cleaning up around the Trust.

But now the Trust is asking that we all stop taking our bottles to them.

The crusher is going back to Island Supply, which lent it to the Trust.

While the Trust still has a mess to clean up and crushed glass to dispose of, it has proven a point.

Now it is really time for someone in the private sector or government to come up with a valid recycling plan.

We were shocked to read in our Page 2 story that the Cayman Islands is actually buying dirt from Cuba as fill when we could be using our own crushed glass instead.

In these days of increasing costs of living why are we, as a country, not supplementing the bought dirt from another country with our own recycled resources.

That’s just not fiscally responsible.

We don’t see why it would be so difficult for Government to create a recycling depot and use people who have been sentenced to perform community service through the courts system to work the recycling programme.

Yes, a supervisor would have to be hired, but we are already so top-heavy with civil servants that surely someone could be found within the already existing ranks to fill that role.

It could also be something that the National Roads Authority considers taking on again as crushed glass can be used as a base in road construction or mix it with asphalt to produce long wearing road surfaces.

Those who make our concrete in the Cayman Islands could look to crushed glass as a replacement for sand and small gravel.

Our Public Works Department could use crushed glass to backfill sewer, gas and water pipe trenches.

There are so many uses for the glass that is going daily into our already overflowing George Town landfill.

To not build a recycling depot at this juncture when we are fighting high costs and an ever-growing landfill would be a disservice to this country.

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