A state-of-the-art energy recovery and recycling centre that will transform solid waste management in the Cayman Islands.
We can’t keep dumping our trash in the landfill. We need to find a better way to reuse and recycle more of the items we currently throw away, as well as finding new ways to use the waste that can’t be recycled.
A multimillion-dollar project is underway to turn the George Town Landfill site into a green space and build state-of-the-art infrastructure that, when finished, will improve recycling and turn materials that aren’t recycled into electricity to power our homes and businesses. ReGen will help create a cleaner and greener Cayman Islands, for the benefit of the whole community.
The new facilities will be located immediately south-west of the existing George Town Landfill. Parts of it may be visible from neighbouring areas, but it is being designed to blend into the surrounding area.
The intent is for the remediated George Town Landfill to become a grassy hill that may eventually feature a public viewing area. The landfill may take a number of years to stabilise and monitoring programmes will determine its final use.
Cayman’s trash will be used to generate approximately 8 megawatts of electricity. That’s enough to power over 2,000 homes and businesses in Grand Cayman.
ReGen will include a series of modern, efficient, clean and safe waste management facilities that will transform the way we handle our trash.
Remediating the existing landfill will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 23,000 tonnes a year, equivalent to removing more than 5,000 cars from our roads every year.
ReGen will be constructed and operated to the European Union Industrial Emissions Directive, which is considered the highest global standard.
New facilities for processing green waste, metal, household waste, and construction and demolition waste will allow more things to be recycled.
Remediating the George Town Landfill will turn the current waste mound into a green space that may one day feature a public viewing area.
Reduce, reuse, recycle and recover: with the capacity to divert up to 95% of our waste from being landfilled, ReGen is a sustainable way of managing our trash.
ReGen is expected to generate 300 construction jobs and up to 60 longterm skilled jobs throughout the life of the project.
ReGen is the infrastructure developed to support the implementation of the Cayman Islands Government’s National Solid Waste Management Strategy. It includes waste reduction, reuse, recycling and energy recovery with a focus on sustainability and environmental performance.
The energy recovery facility will turn trash into electricity by combusting it at very high temperatures.
The heat is used to produce steam that drives a turbine to generate electricity, which is supplied to the grid.
After the garbage is completely burned, any leftover metals, such as steel or aluminium, will be recovered and recycled.
State-of-the-art technology scrubs emissions to European Union Industrial Emissions Directive standards.
Sustainability is at the heart of ReGen. This multimillion-dollar public-private partnership between the Cayman Islands Government and the Dart-led consortium includes remediation of the George Town Landfill and the development of new facilities to improve recycling and turn materials that aren’t recycled into electricity to power our homes and businesses.
Remediation of the George Town Landfill will cut greenhouse gas emissions by more than 23,000 tonnes a year. That’s like removing more than 5,000 cars from our roads every year.
There will also be economic benefits through short- and long-term job creation, and social benefits such as significantly minimising the risk of future landfill fires and a reducing our dependency on fossil fuels for generating electricity.
ReGen will also include education facilities and resources to support youth and community understanding of the role we can all play our part in managing our waste more sustainably.
Over the course of 2021, the ongoing remediation of the north mound at the George Town Landfill will continue. Remediation of the George Town Landfill includes capping and covering the mound of waste, planting grasses and other plants, managing the landfill gas generated within the waste, controlling storm water run-off, and environmental monitoring of air, surface and groundwater quality.
It is anticipated that the remediated and planted site may one day feature a public viewing space. The landfill may take a number of years to stabilise and monitoring programmes will determine its final use.
The current project timeline has remediation of the north mound at the George Town Landfill scheduled to be complete in 2022, and the ReGen facilities scheduled to be commissioned and operational in 2024.
The ReGen facilities will be located in George Town, immediately south of the existing landfill.
The facilities include a lined, residual waste landfill which will be located within the footprint of the existing George Town Landfill.
Put simply, we can’t keep dumping our trash in the ground. ReGen provides a modern and sustainable alternative to landfilling through a series of integrated facilities designed to work together to improve recycling performance, and turn materials that aren’t recycled into electricity to power our homes and businesses.
When the new waste management facilities are up and running, they will help create a cleaner and greener Cayman Islands, benefitting our whole community.
Energy recovery facilities are often located in city centres, close to the communities they serve. Examples can be found in London, Paris, Cophenhagen and Mallorca. ReGen will be built to the same standards as these facilities that are permitted to operate within densely populated areas.
The energy recovery facility will be constructed and operated to the European Union Industrial Emissions Directive, which is considered the highest global standard.