The consultant firm that helped write a roadmap for the future Cayman’s garbage believes the country is on the right path, opting to recycle as much as possible, and keep things from going to landfills in the first place.
It’s an ambitious alternative, compared to simply opening a new dump, but as Cayman 27’s Philipp Richter tells us, an integrated plan has more support from the public and private sectors.
“You want to make sure you do it right because we are doing this for the next 25 year,” said Senior Project Manager for the Integrated Solid Waste Management System, Jim Shubert.
An integrated solid waste management system has been introduced in the beginning of October
“There is no do nothing option because George Town landfill is almost full,” said Amec Foster Wheeler’s Technical Director, Phil Scott.
Multi-national company Amec Foster Wheeler as been brought to the island to help install a waste management hierarchy.
“I’ve seen landfills in similar conditions in europe and the uk, but that was forty years ago, so we’ve got forty years of development to make up in a relatively short time period of time I think,” said Amec Foster Wheeler’s Technical Director, Phil Scott.
“People are ready for a change, they maybe don’t understand why it’s taken as long as it has, but these are big decisions and some of these facilities take a long time to construct,” said Senior Project Manager for the Integrated Solid Waste Management System, Jim Shubert.
Amec Foster Wheeler had to present multiple waste management options
“And we did look at building an alternative landfill that would last another 25 years and the costs of that are substantial as well, not much less than the delivery of a modern integrated waste management system,” said Amec Foster Wheeler’s Technical Director, Phil Scott.
To build a new landfill would cost around four hundred and twenty million ci and will be used for 25 years, while the modern waste management system will cost five hundred and thirty million ci and will be spread over 25 years.
“And from an environmental perspective it’s far worse than integrating a waste management, the contributions to global warming emissions and rising sea level from a continued landfill is appreciable,” said Amec Foster Wheeler’s Technical Director, Phil Scott.
The George Town landfill only has five to six years left until it is completely full, this plan has taken this into consideration and will still work.
“During that time we won’t have any alternative for the residual waste component but to continue putting it in the landfill, but once we get these facilities, we can divert the waste away from the landfill we will do so as soon as we can.” Said Amec Foster Wheeler’s Technical Director, Phil Scott.
Government is already stepping up recycling efforts, but is also seeking a contractor by next march to implement other parts of the solid waste business plan.