It’s standard procedure during a pending hurricane to board up your house and park your car on higher ground, but what about when the high ground is a mountain of trash? What’s the mitigation plan for the George Town landfill when a storm is coming?
The landfill area is prone to flooding, due to it’s height and surface area, and loose trash could go airbourne and be scattered across both land and sea. The department of environmental health, however, does have a plan, that involves a lot of marl and Cayman rock.
“Yes that is a problem, what we have done though is, we are currently finishing off complete cover with intermediate cover of large sections of the landfill, we’ve been doing that and I’m working on that for some time, so we feel that the landfill is in much better shape now than it was, when I first arrived anyway, and that the material will be far less likely to become airbourne.” Said Department of Environmental Healths, Assistant Director to Solid Waste, Mark Rowland.
Mr. Rowlands also says heavy-duty machinery will be used to reduce the size of materials that could potentially go airbourne if left large and flat.