Wednesday 30 September, 2020

It's looking like progress for solid waste management in Cayman

Capping and covering the main mound at the current George Town Landfill is expected to start early next year. This has been reported in the midst of continued negotiations between the Cayman Islands Government and the Decco Consortium.

The Terms of Reference for the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) was submitted to the Environmental Assessment Board (EAB) along with the Remediation Options Report for the George Town Landfill during the month of October. The EAB is expected to complete its review of the draft Terms of Reference in the coming weeks and will be providing more details at that time.

As the policy, strategy and outline business case for the Integrated Solid Waste Management System (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. These 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.

To facilitate capping and covering the main mound, tipping operations will need to 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. 

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