Activists reschedule meeting to talk ‘rubbish’

| 30/09/2010

(CNS): Following yesterday’s poor weather, the second public meeting of the local activist group WISE was postponed and the members are inviting the public to join them this evening upstairs at A L Thompsons at 5;30pm. The group intends to make another presentation about the issue of waste management in the Cayman Islands and stimulate debate about how the country can handle its rubbish in future. Taking the position that government’s proposal to deal with Mount Trashmore, as the George town landfill is commonly known, via incineration and waste to energy is not the real solution, the activists will be presenting alternative proposals for discussion. (Photo Kerry Horek)

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  1. Anonymous says:

    This WISE group are wasting their time. You can rest assured that the UDP have already made up their mind to give the dump to their party supporters. So Richard Wadd you don’t have to panic. You’re safe!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Richard Wadd, your rants don’t really make any sense.

    If Mr Whittaker was qualified enough to be in charge of the DEH for so many years like you said, surely he must be capable of dealing with the dump now.  

    Why don’t you offer some solutions instead of being typical ‘crabs-in-a-barrel’.

    • Afraid to Strap on a Pair Also says:

      Quit trash talking Wadd.  Why would Whittaker suddenly deal with the dump now.

  3. Richard Wadd says:

     Dear Anon,

       No-one is "Bashing" Mr. Whittaker. These are important questions that we should know the answers to. 

      Would you entrust your child’s life to a Doctor without knowing his Medical background or abilities? 

      This is our children’s future we are talking about, is it not? 

      As for me, after several informal attempts over years, I stopped making an effort because GREED would quickly replace NEED as the guide of the conversation.

  4. Anonymous says:

    I don’t have a problem with Dart paying to deal with the "Mt. Trashmore" issue but quite frankly WISE ought to admit that it is a DART funded mission…..plain and simple !!!

    Oh the games that Pilar and CG plays………the wool can only fit over some peoples eyes my friends.

    Honesty is the best policy !

  5. noname says:

     Honestly, Mr. Wadd what are your qualifications to bash Mr. Whittaker?? At least Mr. Whittaker is standing up for what he believes in and trying to make a difference in the community, what are you doing??? 

    I do not understand what it takes to make Caymanians stop complaining and take action! We have a major issue with the dump, an issue that is destroying our island, but instead of joining together to make a difference, we are bashing those who are trying to make a difference!!

    If you do not know the facts then you have no right to comment on here as if you think you know the issues, go to a WISE meeting, here what they have to say and then develop an opinion.


    • Anonymous says:

       I’m not sure that asking reasonable questions can be described as "bashing".  

  6. anonymous says:

    "Activists" ? Really ? Absolutely in agreement that this needs looked at, but we need to act transparently.

    If a major commercial developer based not a million miles from Mount Trashmore is behind WISE, why not say so ?


    • Anonymous says:

      typical backward response….

      who cares who is behind least they are trying to find a solution which can is more than can be said for recent governments

    • Jonathan says:

      Your question is your answer.

    • Anonymous says:

      I suppose the developer you are talking about is Dart. What is wrong with Dart buying the dump and doing something else with it.  Wouldn’t it be better for our cruise ship passengers to see Camana Bay instead of Mount Trashmore. Wouldn’t it be better for us not to inhale the scent of the dump as we drive along the by-pass. Enough with the petty bickering and jealousy!

      Dart has done what most developers say they are going to do but never do and that is follow through on his plans.

      I am a born Caymanian and I too was one of the naysayers on Dart at the beginning but one only has to experience what he has done at Camana Bay to know why we need to encourage the high calibre projects like these.

      We Caymanians are going to starve ourselves to death because we can’t see the forest for the trees.  We need to come together and do what is best for our country, stop singling out individuals or one government over the other and start doing what is best for these islands. I have no where else to go and Dart and other investors can pick up their bags and leave tomorrow and then where would we be.

      Let’s start working together rather against each other! We don’t need to give away our country we just just have to plan how to maximize what we get from those who come here to invest.

  7. Richard Wadd says:

     Mr. Whittaker touts himself as an ‘Expert’ in Waste Management. I would rather we be the Judge of that, so can anyone answer the following for us please;

    1/. Mr. Whittaker says he has a Degree in Engineering from a Florida University. There are several different disciplines in the field of Engineering. Therefore, what is his Engineering degree in?

    2/. Mr. Whittaker was (supposedly) in charge of the Dump from 1987 – 1996 (Department of Environmental Health). In the nine years that he was there, what measures did he put in place that, had they continued to be followed, would have prevented the problem from growing into what it has become today? 

     Unfortunately, not all of us were able to attend the meeting this week due to the change in schedule.

    Thank you.

    • Anonymous says:

      wow..richard…lucky we havepeople like you asking the ‘important’ questions….zzzzzz

      what are your qualifications to use a keyboard?