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DEH 10 years behind, says director

DEH 10 years behind, says director

| 29/11/2019 | 65 Comments

(CNS): The Department of Environmental Health (DEH) director told Finance Committee that garbage management is some ten years behind in terms of staff and equipment. Richard Simms said resources had not increased for more than a decade, despite the growing population and the amount of garbage being generated. As the committee turned its attention to […]

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Minister dodges health cover issue

Minister dodges health cover issue

| 19/11/2019 | 61 Comments

(CNS): The health minister said very little about the pressing issue of health insurance costs when he spoke for almost two hours on Monday during the debate on the Unity government’s $2 billion budget. Despite having some of the most intractable problems of any minister, including garbage collection failures and the increasing struggle many face […]

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Mystery ‘attack’ in Cuba likely mozzie spray

Mystery ‘attack’ in Cuba likely mozzie spray

| 20/09/2019 | 16 Comments

(CNS): Canadian researchers might have identified the cause of a mystery illness suffered by diplomatic staff in Cuba three years ago as mosquito repellent gas. After several overseas staff from various countries reported mysterious symptoms, officials from the US, in particular, accused the Cuban government of an “acoustic attack” with a secret sonic weapon.

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DEH still struggling with garbage collection

DEH still struggling with garbage collection

| 04/07/2019 | 75 Comments

(CNS): Officials from the Department of Environmental Health said that staff shortages are causing the latest garbage collection problems. As rubbish was piling up in and around George Town this week, the department said there had been delays in residential garbage collection services due to “a temporary shortage of staff at the start of the […]

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Students lead conservation demands

Students lead conservation demands

| 27/05/2019 | 45 Comments

(CNS): Dozens of students from several schools across the Cayman Islands joined with other young people around the world Friday in another global demonstration about the environment, urging their politicians to take action on green issues and protect their futures. Organised in conjunction with Plastic Free Cayman, the demonstration also drew attention to other urgent […]

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DEH urges residents to stop fly tipping

DEH urges residents to stop fly tipping

| 20/05/2019 | 41 Comments

(CNS): The Department of Environmental Health (DEH) is currently running a campaign to urge residents to dispose of garbage properly and to stop fly tipping. While the department is still struggling with its regular residential collection schedules, it is asking people to use the 24-hour drop-off site located at the entrance of the George Town […]

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Dump gets only passing mention in SPS

Dump gets only passing mention in SPS

| 16/04/2019 | 36 Comments

(CNS): Despite being very high on the priority list for many people in the Cayman Islands, the issue of the ever-growing George Town dump and plans to address the constant garbage problems were only mentioned in passing in the Strategic Policy Statement delivered Friday. Premier Alden McLaughlin dedicated less than half a page in his […]

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Truck trouble fuels more garbage pick-up delays

Truck trouble fuels more garbage pick-up delays

| 28/03/2019 | 23 Comments

(CNS): Officials from the Department of Environmental Health have apologized yet again for delays in garbage pick-ups as a result of equipment trouble. The DEH said in a short release that their customers could expect delays after a series of mechanical failures in some of the trucks earlier this week. Department of Vehicle and Equipment […]

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WTE garbage needs may not fit CIG policy

WTE garbage needs may not fit CIG policy

| 18/03/2019 | 62 Comments

(CNS): A representative of the Dart-led consortium selected as the preferred bidder to roll out a national waste-management system has said that when the project gets underway, the waste-to-energy plant will need more than 85,000 tonnes of garbage to produce around 7.5 megawatts of energy per year, or about 8% of Grand Cayman’s energy needs. […]

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Fire fighters douse small landfill blaze

Fire fighters douse small landfill blaze

| 14/03/2019 | 5 Comments

(CNS): Government officials have confirmed that a small blaze at the George Town landfill on Tuesday has been extinguished after firefighters, who were on the scene immediately, were able to douse the flames of the surface fire. The fire crew monitored the landfill throughout Tuesday night and Wednesday, when the officer in charge confirmed the […]

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Medical waste piles up outside hospital

Medical waste piles up outside hospital

| 05/03/2019 | 62 Comments

(CNS): Officials from the Department of Environmental Health have confirmed that they are working to replace a skip at the hospital for medical waste, but in the meantime bags of bio-waste are piling up outside the George Town health facility. Concerned readers contacted CNS with images taken outside the hospital this weekend which appears to […]

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