Editorial for October 26: Time to deal with the landfill

The people have spoken; again.

Our question: When are the
politicians going to listen?

In our newest poll at
www.caycompass.com we asked ‘What do you think is the best way to deal with
Cayman’s solid waste problem?’

Almost 60 per cent of the
respondents said the Cayman Islands should create a multifunctional facility on
a different site than the current dump, one that recycles, incinerates and
safely landfills solid waste.

We wholeheartedly agree.

But why don’t our politicians have
the political will to do something about Mount Trashmore?

Frankly, we’re baffled.

Just about everyone who stumped in
the latest campaign to win political favour at the polls promised to do
something about the ever-growing problem of the landfill on Grand Cayman. Here
we are mid-term into the current administration and nothing – absolutely
nothing – has been done about our massive dump.

It’s embarrassing.

Our tourists on cruise ships can
see it from the ocean.

Those of us who traverse the
Esterly Tibbetts bypass roll right by it.

Those who live in proximity to
Mount Trashmore get to inhale its nasty stench on a daily basis. God forbid a
strong wind!

We are blessed in the Cayman
Islands in that we don’t produce much pollution apart from our vehicles and
some businesses. But our landfill is a pollutant to our land and the ocean.

We have to demand better of our
politicians. We voted them into office for a reason. Hold them accountable to
their promises to clean up Mount Trashmore and to make the Cayman Islands more
attractive to its residents and visitors.

We don’t need any more expensive
consultants from distant lands to tell us what to do with our landfill.

We need the political will to deal
with this ticking time bomb.

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