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The Tire Kingdom in the George Town Landfill will not grow any more, as the Department of Environmental Health has started a new project to shred down the size. Cayman 27’s Philipp Richter has more.

We’re all getting sick and tired of these tyres.

There’s more than half a million here, but that number will be deflated over time.

“We’re estimated without any problems we can do 500 tires per day,” said Angello Roye, Superior of Recycling for the Department of Environmental Health.

A small dent in this mountain maybe, but right now, the focus is on the new tyres people throw away every  day.

“The tire machine was here bought almost six years ago… And it was just sitting there and we have so much incoming tires and we didn’t have the space to put the tires .. So the best thing is to shred it,” said Angello Roye.

The shredded rubber is being put to good use, its mixed with rock to provide a cover for existing waste, stopping water seeping through and rubbish blowing away.

“And we’re now capable of handling all incoming tires, so no more tires are going into the tire pile at the landfill, they are all being processed here,” said Colford Scott, fleet manager for the Department of Environmental Health.

But there is a bigger problem that’s not going to be solved over night.

“As we finish up the contract negotiations and everything else, they will be taking these tire shreds under certain specifications to be used in some development projects around the island. For road building, road ditch work and stabilizing slopes similar,” said Assistant Director to the Department of Environmental Health, Mark Rowlands.

Then this mountain will one day be more of a mole hill.

To drop off tires at the George Town landfill, there is a container that says tires only next to the gate, this is open 24/7.

About the author

Philipp Richter

Philipp Richter

Philipp Richter was born in Austria and moved to the Cayman Islands at the age of three. Throughout his life, he has always enjoyed documenting his surroundings with cameras. Studying television broadcasting and communications, he now can show the reality of life in Grand Cayman to the public.

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