Over 330 tons of bulk waste collected as clean-up ends

| 02/12/2022 | 11 Comments
Cayman News Service
DEH bulk waste collection

(CNS): Saturday is the last day for the national seasonal bulk waste clean-up, and the Department of Environmental Health will be doing its final collection in North Side and East End. Over the last four weeks, at least 330 tons of bulk waste has been picked up, including vegetation and over 80 tons of metal. This was less than last year since there were no major storms this season. With the clean-up coming to an end, the public is being reminded that from next week leaving waste on the road attracts a fine of $500.

“The amount of bulk waste collected this year is significantly less than last year when we also dealt with waste left after Tropical Strom Grace,” said DEH Director Richard Simms. We also appreciate the thoughtfulness of many residents who complied with the guidelines provided and the dates scheduled for their respective communities.”

Simms said there would be no extension of the collection schedule. Any bulk waste put out after Saturday in the remaining districts will not be collected and will be considered littering and illegal dumping, which carries a potential fine of $500 and up to six months in prison. Alternative arrangements should be made to transport waste to the dump directly.

The George Town landfill operates from 7am-5pm weekdays and until 1pm on Saturdays. The drop-off facility at the gate is open to the public and small vehicles 24 hours per day.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    need to clean up the mess left by the clean up crew west of north side dock ramp

  2. Anonymous says:

    The notices weren’t prominent so hence they have less to pick up.

  3. Anonymous says:

    I am amazed at the amount of appliances etc on the curb. This is definitely better than having it tossed in the yard. It seems to be a functional program that gets the job done. Whoever is in charge should be given a bigger job..

  4. Anonymous says:

    I wish we were able to put our garden waste with our regular trash collection. The DEH quoted me $100 to collect our garden waste. They are coming past anyway to pick up my regular waste (only 1 bag a week because I recycle), so why can’t they add in a few hedge trimmings too. Maybe Cayman would look tidier if people had a regular way to get rid of garden waste.

    • Anonymous says:

      There is a separate area for garden waste at the dump so if they collected it with household waste it would go to the wrong area. The public has 24 hour access to drop off garden waste at the entrance in the specified location so you are welcome to take it down at your convenience.

    • Anonymous says:

      what would be ideal is if the goverment invested in 3 wheely bins for each property like in the UK – one general trash, one recycling, one garden/compostable waste.

      This would not only keep the island clean and tidy, but also increase recycling. furthermore, by removing compostable waste from general trash it may reduce risk of dump fires.

      Banning single use plastics and polystyrene take away boxes would make a big difference too.

  5. Anonymous says:

    And about 5000 derelict vehicles, rusting containers and other large items still litter Grand Cayman

  6. Anonymous says:

    Reinstate glass collection immediately.

  7. Anonymous says:

    And it all goes to where?
    Reuse? Recycle? Reduce?

  8. Anonymous says:

    The only time we would wish McKeeva to score a pick up.

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