George Town Landfill Reports & Information



Dart Realty (Cayman) Ltd is an adjacent landowner to the George Town Landfill. Between 2006 and 2013 Dart was engaged in discussions with the Cayman Islands Government on whether the site could be remediated and a new location sought. Information about Dart's previous proposals can be found below.


In 2006, Dart offered to assist the Cayman Islands Government (CIG) with an alternative solution to the George Town Landfill (GTLF) involving remediation of the existing site and the siting of a new facility. At that time, Government wanted to establish a Waste to Energy facility at the existing landfill site and it did not respond to Dart’s offer. Dart Realty Cayman Ltd (DRCL) understood that Government’s plan was to manage newly generated waste, and to mine and incinerate existing waste piles over about 20 years while producing electrical energy.  While conceptually a popular idea, problematic issues were identified in a Government-commissioned study by Gershman, Brickner and Bratton (GBB), which was issued in draft in Feb 2008. Nonetheless, in 2010 the Government issued a Request for Proposals for Build-Own-Operate proposals for a Comprehensive Solid Waste Disposal Management and a Waste to Energy Facility on site at the George Town Landfill.

Seven companies responded, including DRCL. At that time, DRCL was already working on an updated version of its offer of a remote site and remediation of the GTLF. In response to the RFP, DRCL modified its plan by including a Waste to Energy facility at a new site as an option and submitted a proposal.  The selection committee chose to enter negotiations with Wheelabrator, a subsidiary of Waste Management Inc. (WMI), as the preferred option for dealing with the landfill at the existing site. Those negotiations did not progress, and in 2011 Government opted to pursue negotiations with DRCL as part of a proposed wider public-private partnership.

Dart Realty offered remediation of the GTLF at a cost of approximately US $30 million, as well as land and construction for the first phase of a Waste Management Facility (WMF) at a new location, at an additional cost of US $40 million. Under the proposal, when the new WMF was commissioned, the 110 acres of land and new facility would have been exchanged for the approximately 56 acres of land at the GTLF.  DRCL would have been compensated for the WMF cost through future concessions.  Dart was not seeking compensation or recovery of the funds spent on the GTLF remediation.  In addition, Dart would have been responsible for aftercare of the GTLF for at least 20 years, under CIG supervision. Negotiations on this proposal were abandoned by the Cayman Islands Government following the 2013 election.


2006, DRCL Offer to CI Government

Authors: Dart Realty Cayman Ltd. (DRCL)

In March 2006, Cayman Shores Development Ltd. (CSDL), a subsidiary of Dart, formalized its interest in purchasing the GTLF for the purposes of remediating the site. In a letter sent to the Honourable Arden McLean, CSDL detailed a proposal that could serve as a precursor to a formal contract. CSDL indicated it had identified a parcel of land that may have been suitable for a new Waste Management Facility location. The Cayman Islands Government did not respond to the letter.


2011, DRCL FCIA offer to CIG

Authors: Dart Realty Cayman Ltd. (DRCL)

Between 2011 and 2013 Dart Realty was in negotiations with the Cayman Islands Government to investigate and develop a solid waste management solution for Grand Cayman. The negotiations took place in the context of a wider group of projects known as the ForCayman Investment Alliance. Dart’s offer in relation to the landfill consisted of the closure and remediation of the George Town Landfill, and the purchase of land as the site of a new Waste Management Facility in a more remote location. Dart agreed to master-plan the facility and construct the first phase. The Cayman Islands Government opted not to conclude negotiations on the proposed solution.



2012, Presentation to CIG

Authors: Dart Realty (Cayman) Ltd (DRCL)

This presentation was developed in order to bring Cayman Islands Government Civil Servants and Statutory Authorities up to date on the Dart proposals. Until that time all of the information had been shared with elected government members only, while negotiations were taking place. Discussions with the civil service commenced in order to receive input and work out details of the plans. The presentation includes descriptions of the anticipated work plans for the George Town Landfill environmental investigation, the anticipated landfill remediation, the preliminary Waste Management Facility design, and speaks to the coordination plan for the shift to the new facility.


2012, Endorsement Letter from Gershman, Brickner, & Bratton, Inc, of 2008 Draft Development Plan

Authors: Gershman, Brickner and Bratton, Inc

In this letter, Gershman, Brickner and Bratton reaffirmed the findings of the Draft Development Plan it prepared for the Cayman Islands Government in 2008. The letter presented a summary of the significant challenges to establishing Waste to Energy at the George Town Landfill. GBB concluded by offering full support for the proposed DRCL solution, and stating that it considered the proposed new site to be a very suitable location with compatible neighbours.


2012 May 10, Letter to Premier offering additional assistance with George Town Landfill Operations

Authors: Dart Realty (Cayman) Ltd. (DRCL)

In May 2012, Dart Realty (Cayman) Ltd. (DRCL) offered to assist the Department of Environmental Health with resources to reduce the Government burden of operational costs at the George Town Landfill (GTLF). The offer included, among other items, the following:

  • temporary capping for exposed waste mounds,
  • temporary measures to limit contaminated water reaching the North Sound,
  • commencement of composting,
  • the removal of waste tires.

The offer was made at DRCL’s cost, with the intention to begin immediately. DRCL also offered to pay for a third party consultant to review the existing documentation on the GTLF and to help develop a White Paper on the potential of privatization of waste management under Department of Environmental Health regulation. Government declined the offer of funding a third party consultant and to date, DRCL has received no reply to the other items offered.


2013, Draft Environmental Statement for Proposed Waste Management Facility

Authors: Cardno ENTRIX
Commissioned by: Dart Realty (Cayman) Ltd.

In collaboration with Cayman’s Environmental Advisory Board (EAB), Cardno ENTRIX prepared the Draft Environmental Statement (ES) by using approved Terms of Reference to guide an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA). The Draft ES is the written report of the EIA process and provides a technical based evaluation of potential environmental impacts that may be expected as a result of a proposed Waste Management Facility construction and operation in the district of Bodden Town.


2013, Waste Management/Wheelabrator Technologies Facility, Grand Cayman, British West Indies

Authors: John Van Gessel, Vice President and Area Council, Waste Management Inc.
Commissioned by: Cardno Entrix

As part of the Environmental Impact Assessment for the Waste Management Facility (WMF), consultants Cardno Entrix (CE) asked Waste Management Inc (WMI) to comment on the Dart proposal. CE was interested in a response from WMI on the technical merit of the Dart WMF proposal since WMI is not only the parent company of Wheelabrator (the preferred respondent to the CIG RFP for a Waste to Energy facility at the GTLF), but also the largest waste management company in North America. WMI responded with this letter dated 29 March 2013.


2013, Review of Proposed Waste Management Facility and Remediation of Existing Unlined Landfill

Authors: CDM Smith
Commissioned by: Cayman Islands Government

The Cayman Islands Government commissioned CDM Smith of Florida to do a review of the Waste Management Facility (WMF) Plans that Dart Realty (Cayman) Ltd. (DRCL) was in the process of developing in collaboration with the Department of Environmental Health. CDM was also tasked to review the preliminary George Town Landfill (GTLF) remediation plan that DRCL had developed but had not yet discussed in detail with the Department of Environmental Health. The CDM report posed no significant obstacles to pursuing both projects.