Mounting trash, coupled with aging equipment, resulted in several large fires that blazed for days on end at the George Town landfill between 2013 and 2015.
Last year, the government received several key pieces of equipment to help snuff out the larger fires. Health Councillor Roy McTaggart told Cayman 27 they now have the issue under control. Mr. McTaggart’s remarks seem to be valid, as the last fire reported was back in March of 2015.
He said, “I don’t think that it’s just a temporary addressing, because we always knew what the issue was. It was years of neglect there.”
Even though the landfill staff were able to bring the fires under control, the country still does not have a strategic waste management plan, nor does it have an outline business case for how to implement any such plan.
Councillor McTaggart says the government is actively working on finding a solution, and they hope to have a document to review in the coming weeks.
He said, “As a government, we have not received a draft copy yet. We have been in contact with the consultants who are preparing those documents and it’s probably fair to say that they are a few weeks behind, but we have been assured that it is going to be ready for us in the coming weeks.”
Once the document is finished, it will be turned over to the public for review. Mr McTaggart says the government hopes to have a solution for the ever growing problem that is the landfill, well in advance of the 2017 elections.