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Environment assessment terms for ReGen agreed; financing deal still pending

The government’s Environmental Assessment Board has concluded setting the terms of reference for an environmental impact assessment of the ReGen project, which will replace the George Town landfill.

Dart: Air quality data at waste facility will be public

During the construction and operation of a proposed 10-storey waste-to-energy plant which is being considered as a replacement for the George Town landfill, air quality will be continuously monitored and the findings will be made public, according to Dart representatives.

ReGen takes landfill plans on the road

The Dart DECCO consortium behind the proposed transformation of the George Town landfill brought details of its plans to the public on Tuesday night in the first of a series of town hall meetings.

George Town landfill: ReGen EIA draft terms released

The public can now access a draft consultation document that lays out the proposed terms of reference for an environmental impact assessment of the ReGen waste management system at the current site of the George Town landfill.

Fire at the GT landfill extinguished

Fire crews extinguished a flare-up at the George Town landfill this morning.

Heat spot detected near landfill fire site

The Cayman Islands Fire Service has said it will continue damping operations overnight at the George Town landfill after heat signatures were detected in a new area near the site of Wednesday's fire.

UPDATED: Fire at landfill

Fire fighters are currently battling a blaze at the George Town landfill.

Dumped cars limited to 15 a day at landfill

The George Town landfill will only accept 15 derelict vehicles on any given day from now on, the Department of Environmental Health has announced.

Landfill’s scrap cars shipped off island

Tons of scrap cars and assorted metal have been removed from the George Town landfill, loaded onto a barge and shipped off island for recycling.

The issue explained: Mount Trashmore landfill deal

The recently signed 25-year deal between Dart and the Cayman Islands government aims to transform the towering 'Mount Trashmore' into a facility where rubbish from all three islands will be incinerated and turned into electricity.

Scrap-metal landfill fire extinguished

Last week’s scrap-metal fire at the George Town landfill has been fully extinguished, and the Cayman Islands Fire Service says there is now “minimum chance of re-ignition”.

Government, Dart ink waste management deal

After years of negotiations, government and a Dart-led consortium signed on the dotted line today to move the multi-million dollar Integrated Solid Waste Management...
The George Town landfill, also known as Mount Trashmore

Half a century of Mount Trashmore

What started as an informal dump site in the 1960s has now become a protagonist in day-to-day life in Cayman. The Compass compiled a short history of waste management in Grand Cayman to explain how the island got to this point.

Landfill fire under control

Firefighters remain at the George Town landfill this morning after bringing the fire that broke out at the dump yesterday under control.

Premier: Final landfill contract likely before election

Premier Alden McLaughlin says a final contract between government and the Dart group on the future of the George Town landfill, which has been delayed for four years, is likely to be signed before the election in April.

Phone battery sparks fire at landfill

A discarded cellphone battery is believed to have caused a small fire at the George Town Landfill earlier this afternoon (18 Jan.).

Year in review: GT landfill

In this year in review feature, we take a look back at developments at the George Town landfill as multiple fires ravaged the dump in 2020.

Landfill pre-construction work set, but negotiations continue

Pre-construction work is set to begin on government’s long-awaited waste management plan, but a final agreement with the selected project bidder, Dart-led consortium DECCO, is still in progress, government announced Tuesday.

NRA carries out drainage work on edge of landfill

Trees along the perimeter of the George Town landfill site, along the Esterley Tibbetts Highway, have been torn down as the National Roads Authority carries out drainage work in the area.

Anna Evans’ family still awaiting access to her estate

The family of missing Department of Environmental Health worker Anna Evans has been waiting nearly a decade for closure since the mother of five went missing in 2011 at the George Town landfill, and the COVID-19 crisis has further delayed the process.

UPDATE: Smoke rising again from dump

Fire Service and Department of Environmental Health crews are working to excavate and damp down the site of what they called a small fire at the George Town landfill Wednesday morning.

Capping exercises begin at landfill

Efforts are under way to determine how much fill material will be required to cap the George Town landfill, and the associated costs, officials said this week.

UPDATE: No smoke or fire detected at landfill

The Cayman Islands Fire Service observed the George Town landfill overnight and reported that no smoke or fire remained at the site as of Sunday morning. 
Department of Environmental Health dump trucks

Landfill fire prompts battery-dumping warning

Department of Environmental Health Director Richard Simms has warned the public against disposing vehicle batteries in the regular waste.

Landfill blaze extinguished after 12 days

The major landfill fire that erupted Saturday, 7 March, forcing road and school closures and resident evacuations in George Town, has now been extinguished, a government press release said on Wednesday.
Thick smoke billows over Lakeside Apartments

‘Apocalyptic fire’ leaves residents frustrated

For several Lakeside residents, the fear and drama sparked by the most recent landfill fire was nothing short of biblical proportions.
George Town landfill

Fire crew work on deep-seated pockets at landfill

Chief Fire Officer Paul Walker said smoke density at the landfill was at a minimum around noon on Friday. 
The George Town landfill, also known as Mount Trashmore

Half a century of Mount Trashmore

What started as an informal dump site in the 1960s has now become a protagonist in day-to-day life in Cayman. The Compass compiled a short history of waste management in Grand Cayman to explain how the island got to this point.
George Town landfill

Winds carry dump smoke to South Sound

Smoke continued to emanate from the George Town landfill Thursday, eventually making its way to South Sound following a change in the prevailing winds.

Dump fires a decades-old problem

No need for Premier Alden McLaughlin to apologise for the landfill fires of this week. It’s not his fault that the Cayman Islands government...
Fire crews dampen a flare up at the George Town landfill

Dump fire continues to emit smoke

Cayman’s firefighters continued for a fourth day to grapple with fire at the George Town landfill, which made its way to the boundary line near the Esterley Tibbetts Highway on Wednesday morning.
Smoke wafts across the Esterley Tibbetts Highway towards Lakeside Apartments during this week's landfill fire

Toxic landfill smoke a health hazard

At the height of the landfill fire, concern was concentrated on controlling the rapidly expanding blaze. But the smoke, which has been reduced from thick black clouds to an everpresent smog, remains an issue affecting people’s health.
Mise en Place donates meals

‘Cayman kindness’ shown to landfill-fire crews

Residents and local companies show their Cayman-kindness to firefighters and DEH crews battling the fire at the George Town landfill.
Premier Alden McLaughlin

Premier says sorry for landfill fires

Premier Alden McLaughlin has apologised for the landfill fires that Cayman’s firefighters and Department of Environmental Health crews have been battling for the last three days.

UPDATED: Esterley Tibbetts reopens after flare-up controlled

Lakeside and Watler's Drive residents have been cleared to return to their homes as the fire services say personnel were successful in their efforts to suppress the smoke emanating at the George Town Landfill.

Simms: Landfill fire can happen again

Department of Environmental Health Director Richard Simms said there are no guarantees that once the current landfill fire is doused there will not be another one.
Smoke continues to emit from the George Town landfill

UPDATED: Smoke still rising from landfill

Smoke continues to emit from the George Town landfill while the Esterley Tibbetts Highway remained open, alleviating the congestion seen Monday.
The George Town landfill, also known as Mount Trashmore

Dart: Landfill remediation begins this month

Remediation of the George Town landfill is expected to begin this month, the Dart group has announced.

Report: Sparks ignited landfill blaze

A fire in the vehicle recycling plant at the George Town landfill on 24 Jan. was caused by sparks which occurred while a car was being crushed, according to the results of a Cayman Islands Fire Service investigation.

Cause of landfill blaze still a mystery

Nearly a month after the car-recycling plant at the George Town landfill went up in flames, the cause of the blaze remains unknown. “Investigations into the fire are still ongoing,” said Ricardo Charlton, the deputy director of domestic operations, at the Cayman Islands Fire Service. “At this time, we are not able to say the cause of the fire, nor can we give any information about any preliminary findings.”

Landfill fire investigation under way

An investigation into last month’s fire at the landfill is expected to be completed in the next two weeks, according to officials at the Cayman Islands Fire Service.

Car-recycling plant fire contained

On Monday, the smoke plumes had disappeared and the site was being monitored. A GIS statement on Monday said, “A small crew from CIFS along with the Department of Environmental Health and Island Recycling [which operates the vehicle-recycling plant] are on scene to extinguish any last remaining deep-seated pocket fires.”

UPDATED: Landfill fire contained, monitoring continues

Officials say the blaze at the vehicle recycling plant is under control, but smoke is still likely to be seen throughout Saturday.

Missing landfill worker declared dead

Nine years after she was last seen alive, missing landfill worker Anna Evans has been declared legally dead.

Landfill garbage compactor breaks down

A $450,000 garbage compactor at the George Town landfill has been out of action for two months while the Department of Environmental Health awaits parts for the machinery.
The George Town landfill, also known as Mount Trashmore

Work to begin on capping unsightly landfill

Work to cap and cover Mount Trashmore – Grand Cayman’s infamous landfill site – will begin early next year, according to a joint statement from government and the Dart group.

Landfill reopens after fire

The George Town landfill reopened Tuesday as firefighters continue to monitor a fire at the site. 

Letter: Spend money on landfill, not piers

I really don’t get it. You have a potential environmental problem in what is known locally as ‘Mount Trashmore’ and the Cayman government is looking at whether millions should be spent on cruise piers in George Town harbour.

Fire closes public access to landfill

Firefighters on Sunday battled a fire at the George Town Landfill, at least the third confirmed fire at the site this month.

Fire Service responds to repeat landfill fire

The Cayman Islands Fire Service responded to the second landfill fire in just over a week on Thursday.

Firefighters tackle blazes at landfill

Firefighters responded to the George Town landfill Wednesday for a series of fires, according to a government news release.

Iguana cull numbers approach 850,000

For the sixth week in a row, Grand Cayman’s green iguana cullers have turned in fewer than 10,000 iguanas to the George Town landfill.

Surging iguana cull numbers approach 750,000

Grand Cayman’s green iguana cullers delivered 29,925 lizards to the George Town landfill last week, the largest weekly total since mid-December.

Letter: Don’t discourage recycling habits

Currently, we are deterring people from continuing to recycle, causing the most detrimental part of our island, the dump, to expand at a rapid rate.

Delayed Friday opening for DEH, landfill

The Department of Environmental Health’s main office will be closed from 7-9am on Friday. The George Town landfill will also be closed between 7-9am.

EDITORIAL – Being responsible for solid waste management

We welcome and support the Department of Environmental Health’s ongoing public education initiative to raise awareness among residents “about the importance of adequately packaging and handling household garbage”.

EDITORIAL — Good riddance to derelict vehicles

More than a few junkers were left so close to roadways, they threatened the safe flow of traffic. In short, it was a terrible mess.
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Small fire extinguished at landfill

The Cayman Islands Fire Service extinguished a small surface fire at the George Town landfill on Tuesday evening.

Small fire erupts at George Town landfill

The Cayman Islands Fire Service arrived on the scene and contained the blaze that started between 8 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. on the southeast side of the landfill, according to the Department of Environmental Health.

EDITORIAL: The landfill saga continues – seemingly without end

The long wait continues, despite last year’s selection of a Dart group-led consortium to build and operate what officials like to call an “Integrated Solid Waste Management System” (or “ISWMS”) but what we’ll refer to as a “new landfill.”

Landfill contract will not be signed until next year

Work to close and remediate the George Town landfill site and replace it with a suite of modern waste management facilities is not expected to begin until the latter part of next year.

Day one of cull nets nearly 14,000 iguanas

Cullers delivered 13,819 green iguanas to the George Town landfill Monday as the first day of an islandwide cull to help rid Grand Cayman of the invasive species got under way.

Landfill burn

Today's editorial cartoon.

EDITORIAL – George Town landfill: Time to clear the air

Over the past two years, nearly 2 million pounds of trash have been intentionally incinerated at the George Town and Cayman Brac landfills, without the use of “scrubbers” – devices that remove toxins from the incinerators’ exhaust.

Man stabbed at landfill

Police arrested a 19-year-old man following an altercation in which another man was stabbed at the George Town Landfill Tuesday afternoon.

EDITORIAL – Replacing secrecy with transparency in government policy

Silence may be safe, it may be convenient, but it is not an acceptable strategy in a free and democratic society.

Brac incinerator fixed, but George Town’s now broken

The incinerator at the Cayman Brac landfill is back up and running after being in disrepair for nearly four months – a situation that led to untreated medical waste being dumped in an open trench there, in violation of public health regulations.

Before I met you

Today's editorial cartoon

Auditors conduct three-part review of landfill overtime pay

Government auditors are now conducting a tertiary review of overtime payments made to Department of Environmental Health staff, according to information obtained by the Cayman Compass through the Freedom of Information Law.

EDITORIAL – Is the landfill accepting derelict vehicles – or not?

Many issues of public policy are complicated. But many are not. For example: Is the George Town landfill receiving derelict vehicles, as Health Minister Dwayne Seymour insisted last Friday?

Government ‘never stopped’ picking up derelict vehicles, minister says

Contrary to statements made by government employees last fall, Health Minister Dwayne Seymour said Friday that the George Town landfill never actually stopped receiving derelict vehicles at any time during the past year.

DEH: Garbage pick-up resumes Wednesday

Garbage pick-up will resume in some George Town communities on Wednesday and Thursday, according to the Department of Environmental Health.

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