George Town landfill to be capped and covered next year

As negotiations continue to progress between the Decco Consortium and the Cayman Islands Government, we are pleased to confirm that capping and covering the main mound at the current landfill is expected to start early next year and that the Terms of Reference for the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) was submitted to the Environmental Assessment Board (EAB) this month along with the Remediation Options Report for the GT Landfill.

Because the policy, strategy and outline business case for ISWMS went through a period of public consultation before receiving final government approval, the EIA will focus on the design and impact of the proposed ISWMS facilities, which include: a Waste to Energy (WtE) facility, a materials recovery facility, a green waste composting facility, a construction and demolition waste facility, a bottom ash processing facility, an end-of-life vehicle and scrap metal processing facility, a household waste recycling centre and a residual waste landfill. We anticipate the EAB will complete its review of the draft Terms of Reference in the coming weeks and look forward to providing more details at that time.

To facilitate capping and covering the main mound, tipping operations will be moved to lower areas of the existing landfill where there is sufficient capacity to contain the country’s waste until the planned ISWMS facilities are fully operational.

Although negotiations have taken longer than initially anticipated, the extended consultation period is not unusual for contracts of this scale and complexity. Dart and the Cayman Islands Government are equally committed to ensuring that the ISWMS solution be implemented in a timely manner while representing a long-term, environmentally sustainable and value for money solution for the country.