Just one per cent more of respondents to last week’s cayCompass.com online poll think the George Town Landfill should be closed, capped and remediated and another solid waste management facility created elsewhere in Grand Cayman than those who think it should be remediated where it is through mining and waste-to-energy technology.
Part of the Dart Group’s ‘mega deal’ proposal to government includes the closing, capping and remediation of the George Town Landfill and a new facility created in Pease Bay, just east of Bodden Town.
Of the 777 total respondents, 363 of them – 46.7 per cent – thought a solid waste management facility needed to be created elsewhere in Grand Cayman, although the poll didn’t specify Pease Bay as a potential location.
“This one really is a no-brainer, but then most of the [Citizens Against Virtually Everything] people don’t seem to have brains,” said one person.
“I’m a George Towner and I’m sick of everyone saying the George Town Landfill needs to stay open,” said someone else. “Take away the childish politics and the NIMBY Bodden Towners and no one in their right mind thinks we should continue to keep the landfill there.”
“Let Dart clean it up properly,” said another person.
“Waste-to-energy would be the best option, but we clearly cannot afford it,” commented someone else. “And since we cannot just keep dumping there, capping it and creating another better managed facility elsewhere is only common sense.”
Another large segment of respondents – 354 people or 45.5 per cent – said the George Town Landfill should be remediated using mining and waste-to-energy technology.
“If waste-to-energy can work and will last, by all means let’s use the landfill to our advantage,” said one person.
“It’s not sensible to move it to Bodden Town,” said another respondent. “That’s a residential area. We have lots of space in the middle of the island away from residents and businesses. If the dump must be moved don’t move it to Bodden Town.”
“The current landfill, whilst being a problem, can be remediated right where it is,” said someone else. “The previous government’s research has shown this. And why should it be moved to facilitate a developer’s proposal? He bought there knowing full well the dump was in that location.”
“The George Town Landfill definitely needs to be remediated as stated here and remain right where it is already located,’ commented another person. “There’s no sensible reason to move it to Bodden Town. I would also recommend that government puts two more of the same kind of landfill in suitable areas, one each in West Bay and Frank Sound, which would avoid everyone having to go out of their district to dump some of their own garbage, keeping the GT Landfill from being overloaded.”
Twenty people – 2.6 per cent – said nothing should be done about the George Town Landfill because it wasn’t a problem at all.
“The current landfill needs to remain where it is at,” said one person.
Twenty-three people – 3.0 per cent – responded ‘I don’t know’ to the question and 17 people – 2.2 per cent – suggested other solutions.
A number of people suggested recycling.
“Recycle, recycle, recycle,” said one person. “That is one answer that would help. But I think the Landfill should be moved. There must be a place inland, some place that would not be in town.”
“A combination: Close, cap and remediate the George Town Landfill and create a solid waste facility using waste-to-energy technology,” said someone else. “Imagine it: a great park for people to enjoy (if they flatten the mount a bit) and giving back to the environment by creating something more sustainable than just a big pile of rubbish.” “It should be privatised to create a revenue stream instead of increasing the national debt,” said another respondent.
Next week’s poll question
Who do you think will most likely be Cayman’s premier after the next general elections?
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