A reminder of a national challenge

In today’s Caymanian Compass, we are distributing a poster of the George Town landfill fire that ignited on Dec. 20, 2013. The fire sent plumes of noxious black smoke across much of our downtown capital on a busy holiday tourism day.

That Friday morning, we sent one of our photographers up in a helicopter to capture the dramatic image (and dozens more).

Further, because the Compass doesn’t publish on Saturday or Sunday, we put out a “special weekend edition” to report on the conflagration that was engulfing the landfill. We also chronicled the dangers the landfill was presenting – and continues to present – to our community.

In the intervening weeks, we have repeatedly editorialized on the need to address our waste management issues, and we will continue to do so.

In almost every instance when we have personally shared this enclosed photo with individual members of the community, we have received one of two responses:

The first is simply, “Wow!”

The second is, “Is that Cayman?”

Of course, it is Cayman, but it shouldn’t be. As we say on the poster, “NOT ON OUR BEAUTIFUL ISLAND!”

We offer this poster as a reminder of a major issue we as a community – the government, the business community, and all of the residents of this island – must face and resolve.

If we adopt this challenge as a national initiative, working positively and in a nonpartisan way with our elected members, we are confident that as a people, we can eradicate this unsightly, dangerous hazard within our midst.

We offer this poster as a reminder of a major issue we as a community – the government, the business community, and all of the residents of this island – must face and resolve.

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Compass Publisher David R. Legge
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3 COMMENTS

  1. Thank You Compass for putting so much emphasis on this issue which should be the single most important focus of the CIG as well as the people. The George Town Dump in its current condition is the biggest threat to the well-being of the Cayman Islands and we should all call on Government to treat is as such. It is high time for them to drop what they are doing and do something about Mount Trashmore, or Garbage Hill as it’s referred to on Google Earth. All other government expenditures need to be put on hold until this is addressed and this includes the George Town Dock, Airport and whatever else they have in mind.

    We all need to band together and call on the leaders of Cayman to let us know what they are going to do because to date they haven’t even given us the courtesy of telling us what their plans are. This issue seems to have been completely ignored by our leaders.

    Mount Trashmore is a Clear and Present Danger yet the only protests regarding it is to Keep Bodden Town Dump Free.

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  2. Scary Story David, it seems we were indeed lucky. And that was only 15,000 tires, compare that to the 2 Million at Mt Trashmore and on such a small island. Yes, we were indeed lucky this time imagine a fire with smoke that can be seen from space on an island that can’t even be seen from space..

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