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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.

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