Attention Caymanians and those of us who love Grand Cayman!
Moving the dump to Bodden Town is a bad idea for this beautiful Island and for all Caymanians.
It will mean trucking garbage a long distance from the site where most of the residents live. It will take each truck an extra hour round trip to go from the present dump to and from Midland Acres in Bodden Town.
By Dart’s estimates, 200 trucks a day will have to make this trip. This means 200 hours of extra driving a day, 400 passes along highway roads daily, which means wear and tear on the roads, extra fuel to drive those trucks, wear and tear on the trucks themselves, unnecessary noise on the roads and pollution. Not to speak of which drivers will have to be paid to drive those extra 200 hours daily. If you do the math, that is 62,600 hours a year that drivers will have to be paid (not including Sundays).
This will cost the Cayman government a lot of extra money. Does that mean that Cayman Islanders will have to cough up money to pay the extra dump fees or extra taxes? Or does it mean that the government will have to pass on more worthy projects? The new dump will not be a state-of-the-art facility. It will not be run by Dart, but by the same people who run the George Town dump.
It will trash up another area on the Island, an area that is environmentally at risk close to Malaportes Pond, which is a bird sanctuary. And dump liners that Dart intends to lay down in the new dump are notoriously at risk for ruptures and tears, making them pretty much useless for preventing contaminants from getting into the soil and water.
And if for some unlikely happenstance the new dump does become a state-of-the-art facility, then the recycled stuff will have to be trucked back to George Town for shipping and there is not way to reuse recycled energy.
Caymanians, ask yourselves why this idea of the dump being moved came up. It’s because Dart wants to move it out of their back yard. This is not the best interest of Cayman Islanders.
Now I would encourage them to put their considerable resources into making the George Town dump into a real state-of-the-art recycling centre that would be a model for the rest of the Caribbean.
I have been coming to Grand Cayman for 38 years with my husband. I love this Island and I own property here. I want to see Grand Cayman continue to grow and prosper.