Environmental Health Councillor Roy McTaggart acknowledges any long term solutions for the George Town landfill will have to include a new location. Back in 2013, the People’s Progressive Movement (PPM) administration promised to not relocate the site and last year Premier Alden McLaughlin stated the Progressives would keep that promise. However, Mr. McTaggart says the day will come when a new site will have to be identified.
He said, “The government and the PPM manifesto was that everything should be done on that site. Now it is clear that at some point we are going to need a new site, but a new site for what?”
Mr. McTaggart says the landfill cannot continue the way it has for the last several decades. The solutions are still in conceptual stages, and will produce multiple solutions when complete.
He says two very likely parts of the solution will include recycling incinerating facilities located off the current site so as to help reduce the amount of waste that enters the dump.
“What we are anticipating is that given the diversion out of the landfill of stuff that is going to be recycled and the rest of the stuff that is going into some sort of incineration process that is going to destroy the waste,” said Mr. McTaggart.