For decades, high ranking officials have tried to solve the problem of the dump, but it’s still a work in progress. Two groups say they have found a way to reduce its size, Cayman 27’s Philipp Richter has more.
“Forty years of dumping and now we have a mountain we have to deal with it is going to cost a lot of money, and that’s one of the reasons why government has struggled to even come up with a plan on what to do with mount trashmore. So diverting waste is a real savings for us as a country, not just environmentally but financially,” said Rolston Anglin from Junk Cayman.
“We’ve all seen the landfill, we know where it goes, we know that our land is limited. There’s only so much we can put in there, so obviously the more we keep out the better,” said Dominic Ross from Dart.
Mount Trashmore, the eye sore of Grand Cayman, the highest point, where one can see the whole island from standing on garbage.
“Well they say we produce, you know at present, somewhere around sixty six thousand tons a year. Obviously it’s grown a lot over the last few years, the dump has been there for forty something years. Do the math, look at the footprint, see how high it’s gone and there was a hole there to begin with,” said Rolston Anglin.
The George Town landfill currently holds more than 2.5 million tons of garbage. Developer Dart and recycling company Junk say they can reduce the flow of garbage to the landfill.
“Really to make it as accessible to the public as possible, the easier it is for people to get into the bins, the more likely they are to participate in the program. We want to provide as much opportunity as we can in order for them to participate,” said Dominic Ross
When people throw their trash into these bins, Junk’s recycling facility will bundle it up and ship it to a recycling factory in South Florida.
“All of the waste that we send off is recycled and then sent on to further markets,” said Rolston Anglin.
“There are many many recyclable items that people are using on an everyday basis, we’d prefer they get re-used as opposed to just dumped,” said Dominic Ross.
The programme will undergo a trial period of two years, and hopefully during that time recycling could become second nature.
In Grand Cayman, each district from West Bay to East End has recycling bins in its public parks.