Landfill clean up plan revealed

Cayman has a plan to clean up the George Town Landfill that includes establishing a new solid waste management facility somewhere else on Grand Cayman.

Premier McKeeva Bush made the announcement during the Fidelity Cayman Business Outlook at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman Thursday.

“With our encouragement, Dart [Enterprises] has agreed to take over and responsibly cap and remediate the existing site,” Mr. Bush said. “Furthermore, Dart has agreed to provide a site of similar acreage to the Crown and establish the platform for a new solid waste management facility.”

The existing landfill site is about 68 acres. That site would be transferred to the Dart Group in exchange for a new site.

Mr. Bush said a site location for the new facility is being investigated and the government envisions the new facility will include many components, including recycling, composting and waste to energy.

“We will ensure that any landfill component at this new site will be engineered with the proper linings, collection systems and technology to ensure that it is environmentally responsible.”