A veteran of Canada’s waste management industry has been appointed to lead Cayman’s effort to solve its well-documented landfill problems.
Jim Schubert, the former project manager of a “waste to biofuels” project in Edmonton, will be responsible for “all aspects of project delivery for the proposed integrated solid waste management system,” according to a government press release Friday.
A Strategic Outline Case prepared by government’s waste management steering committee and publicly released in May, recommended that plans for new facilities be produced alongside a comprehensive national solid waste management strategy, encompassing all three islands and embracing recycling and waste-to-energy technology.
Jennifer Ahearn, chair of the project steering committee, said Mr. Schubert’s career commitment to reducing, recycling and reusing waste fit with the intended new philosophy of the Cayman Islands.
Osbourne Bodden, the minister responsible for environmental health, said, “We are excited to have a professional of this calibre on-board, and are confident that he can play a key role in keeping the project moving forward.”
The May report suggested the overall solution to Cayman’s well-documented landfill issues would cost more than $100 million and take at least until 2019 to complete. It said public-private partnerships would likely be necessary and that residents would ultimately bear the cost, possibly through garbage collection fees.
Mr. Schubert will take on the role of senior project manager in the Public Works Department’s Major Projects Office. He has worked in the solid waste management industry for 25 years, according to the release, and successfully put in place a system in Edmonton that will ultimately lead to 90 percent of the city’s waste being diverted from landfill, including for energy.