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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.

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Joe Avary

Joe Avary

Joe Avary has been with Cayman 27 since 2014. He brings 20 years in television experience to the job, working hard every day to bring the people of Cayman stories that inform the public and make a difference in the community. Joe hopes his love for the Cayman Islands shines through in his informative and entertaining weather reports. If you have a story idea for Joe or just want to say hello, call him at 324-2141 or send an email to

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