Editorial for December 30: Trash contract is welcome gift

 Merry Christmas Grand Cayman!

The Cayman Islands Government on Christmas Eve announced that a contract has been awarded for a waste disposal facility to get Mount Trashmore under control.

US-based Wheelabrator Technologies Inc. will finance, build, own and operate the George Town landfill and develop a comprehensive solid waste disposal management and waste-to-energy facility for Grand Cayman.

The new facility should, according to the tender document, generate electricity as well as other green energy by-products and implement a recycling programme.

All we can say is, it’s about time.

Government administration after government administration for years have bemoaned the ever-growing landfill, but until now there hasn’t been the political will to take on the nasty monster.

Kudos to this government for taking one of its campaign promises to fruition – to do something about Mount Trashmore.

The mountain of trash on Grand Cayman is a daily embarrassment to this country. Our visitors on cruise ships can see it from the George Town harbour. Those who traverse the Esterly Tibbetts Bypass roll right by it each and every day.

Those who live in proximity to Mount Trashmore get to inhale its horrible stench on a daily basis.

The landfill is a pollutant to not only our land, but our environmentally sensitive Caribbean Sea. We have done our environment and ourselves a disservice for ignoring this ugly monster for so long.
But, hopefully, our woes with Mount Trashmore are being put firmly in the past.

We welcome a plan to turn the trash at the landfill to energy and even more so, we appreciate the mandate for a proper recycling programme.

We look forward to a shrinking Mount Trashmore and a way forward in dealing with waste in the Cayman Islands. Our only question is, when is all of this going to become a reality?

It can’t come too soon for the residents and visitors to Grand Cayman.

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