Moving dump is wrong

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.

Rosaly Bass


  1. Rosaly

    In 2006 CIG were offered the opportunity to create a totally self-financing re-cycling facility as an alternative to what turned into the Matrix scrap metal fiasco.

    They ignored it because, apparently, no one could understand either the economics or the environmental benefits of the offer. It was not rocket science and was based on a proven recovery project in the Pacific, the people involved even sent a DVD showing how it all worked. Given a willingness that could all have been put in place some five years ago.

    When I interviewed Jean Michel Cousteau at the Ritz Carlton in 2007 he asked a simple question – what is the Cayman Islands main export? Then answered it by simply saying – empty containers. He then went on to point out that these could be filled with re-cyclable materials that were currently going into Mt Trashmore.

    I believe that there is a simple unwillingness amongst those running the Cayman Islands to embrace the concepts of re-cycling, alternative energy and all the other eco-friendly concepts that make the difference between a 21st Century society and one still stuck in the 1950s.

    I also believe that two factors are causing this. One is the – Not Invented Here – attitude and the second is the – How Much Do I Make Out This Deal? – way of doing business that prevails in Cayman politics.

    In my opinion, if senior politicians could have seen a nice fat personal profit in re-cycling it would have happened overnight but that is not the way things have worked out. The same goes for viable alternatives to using diesel to generate electricity like solar and wind power.

    I first arrived on the Cayman Islands just over 20 years, nothing was re-cycled then and virtually nothing is now. Sadly, you are not going to change that overnight.

  2. I disagree with Rosaly but only if a recycling program is instituted on Grand Cayman. I wish the protesters were fighting for recycling and modern management of the waste management facility instead of not in my back yard.

  3. Okay…let’s not not move it. Then what? How high can Mt Trashmore get? It is still the first thing seen by cruise passengers. Where are all the other offers of remediation, capping and re-location financing offers? If I was spending a billion to build a world class community, I would want to cap it as well. It makes no sense where it is and the waste alternatives are few since Gov’t is broke.

  4. Bang on Rosaly. Lets say your half right.

    You state that it will take more trucks, gas, drivers, and driving hours to move the garbage.

    Doesn’t that mean more Caymanian jobs?

    So by protesting against this move, you effectively taking food and money away from Caymanian people. But obviously you don’t care.

    Dart would pay for the move, so it costs the government nothing. Another of your hypothesis, shot down.

    So in essence, you have no idea what you are protesting about, you only know, you don’t want the dump moved. So, what I like to say, you are the kind of person, who would protest to protest. Are you really that bored?

    Sounds about right.

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