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Cayman Brac landfill in deteriorating state


In recent weeks we’ve highlighted improvements made at the George Town landfill as government moves to implement a new Integrated Solid Waste Management System for the country.

New policies, instituted over the past few months have helped Mount Trashmore clean up its act. The premier even invited the press along to check it out last week.

Meanwhile, on Cayman Brac, it’s an entirely different story.

Cayman’s 27’s Joe Avary was in Cayman Brac last weekend, and went over to check the conditions at the Brac landfill.

DEH Director Roydell Carter told Cayman 27 he’s aware of the deteriorating state of the landfill. He said better days are ahead in the long-term.

“The national solid waste plan calls for the elimination of the Cayman Brac landfill as it is. There are plans to turn the site into a transfer station,” he said over the phone Friday (21 October)

He said short term work to cover a lot of the material will bring some improvements in the next couple months.

Mr. Avary also brought attention to the abundance of trash and other debris washed up on Brac’s shores, and surmised the unsightly mess could only have been washed in from Haiti and Jamaica when Hurricane Matthew passed by weeks ago.

He brought his theory to National Weather Service chief meteorologist Kerry Powery, who said the theory could be right.

“All that debris that gets picked up would basically be funnelled into this area and then the wave action generated by this event would continue to funnel any debris towards the sister islands, and that’s possibly why they ended up with all the debris and trash deposited mainly in Cayman Brac,” said Mr. Powery.

About the author

Joseph Avary

Joseph Avary

Joe Avary joined the Cayman 27 team in January 2014, bringing nearly two decades of experience in TV news to the islands. He spends his time away from the office scuba diving, practicing yoga, and trying to make his friends laugh at his comedic stylings. He proudly calls the district of West Bay home, and loves nothing more than relaxing visits to the Sister Islands.

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