Safety issues cause problem for scrap cars

| 06/11/2017 | 18 Comments

(CNS): The Department of Environmental Health (DEH) is asking the public not to bring scrap metals to the George Town dump until further notice because of problems of safety. But the public agency is also warning people to refrain from abandoning vehicles on private property, along the road way and in other public spaces. “We have not completely stopped the collection of scrap metals and derelict vehicles but have reduced the quantities going to the landfill until we can safely stack the metals and prepare another area for the safe storage of the derelict vehicles,” said DEH Director Roydell Carter.

Apologising to the public for the inconvenience by this temporary delay, officials said they would update members of the public as soon as the department is able to resume collection of scrap metals but gave no indication of when that might be and what owners should do in the meantime.

For additional information, the public can contact the DEH main office by telephone at 949-6696 or by email at

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  1. Gaius A. Diocletian says:

    DEH and the Department of Planning need to wake up. Every District has unsightly garages and derelict vehicles that need to removed.

    • Anonymous says:

      DEH and Planning are well aware of the problem. Its the habits that needs to be changed. They can’t do their job is people in Cayman don’t cooperate. I believe that’s the real problem.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Slackness all round…

  3. Anonymous says:

    Why are DEH even handling the disposal of scrap cars? This is one recycling job where private contractors would be far better qualified to take on the work than CIG. As Roydell Carter says this is specialised work with some serious health, safety and environmental issues not just another convenient use for the landfill site.

  4. Observer says:

    WTF. Don’t bring them to the dump but don’t leave them abandon. Ok just sleep in them until the dump reopens!!!. WOW what a bunch.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Seems you’ve got the headline backwards CNS.
    The headline should read ” Scrap Cars Cause Safety Issues Due to DEH’s Dereliction of Duty”. I added the last bit on since its the sad reality. DEH is tipped off to a derelict vehicle and it takes weeks if not months for their people to slap a sticker on it. Then it gets left to rot and is forgotten when the bush grows over it.

    Case in point; let’s see how long it takes for that derelict van to be moved from Linford Pearson just east of Agnes Way.

  6. Anonymous says:

    OOOPS. we ran out of room. Did not see that coming. Too busy playing on the computer in my office. No problem. We just won’t take anymore trash for a few months until more land forms out of the ocean.

  7. Anonymous says:

    I assume that CIG/DEH has stopped charging the vehicle disposal fee for new imports while they are not able to actually dispose of any vehicles. Another CIG blackhole.

  8. Anonymous says:

    So can someone actually tell me what the scrappage fee is for when a vehicle is imported.
    Can I claim a refund?

  9. Anonymous says:

    There are abandoned cars sitting everywhere and many have still the license plate on…why can’t these owners not be tracked down and held responsible?

  10. Anonymous says:

    Take the scrap metal down to the DEH offices and dump it in their parking lot. Bet that will motivate them

  11. Anonymous says:

    civil service incompetence….

    • Anonymous says:

      DEH Roydell Carter needs to get up off of his rear end and get out in the districts and do inspections of yards/properties. The neighborhoods would be much leaner than a number of them are. Wasted revenue/salary.


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