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Garbage workers on overtime to catch up

Garbage workers on overtime to catch up

| 03/01/2019 | 32 Comments

(CNS): Garbage collection workers at the Department of Environmental Health worked double shifts on Thursday and officials said that this would continue through to at least Saturday, 5 January, to address delays in rubbish collection in George Town and the Eastern Districts. Despite bringing in a new management team from other parts of the civil […]

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No let up on rubbish collection troubles

No let up on rubbish collection troubles

| 02/01/2019 | 38 Comments

(CNS): The Department of Environmental Health issued notices over the holidays apologising to residents in parts of Bodden Town, East End and West Bay for delays in collection. The beleaguered department ended 2018 rather as it did 2017, with more challenges over the domestic pick-up, raising further concerns that 2019 is not going to be […]

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DEH increases recycle containers for holidays

DEH increases recycle containers for holidays

| 13/12/2018 | 13 Comments

(CNS): The Department of Environmental Health (DEH) has added three new recycling containers to two of its supermarket recycling depots, with more on the way. Two more skips have been placed at the recycling depot located at Kirk Market for plastic and mixed paper and an additional skip went to Hurley’s in Grand Harbour for plastics. “We […]

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Pesticide use in organic farming

Pesticide use in organic farming

| 03/12/2018

I am a regular visitor to farmers market at the cricket grounds. I like to buy from there as I believe the produce sold there are organic. But, as I understand it, even the certified organic products worldwide are allowed to use a certain percentage of pesticides, etc. I would like to know which pesticides […]

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BOT minister highlights massive plastic cut at FCO

BOT minister highlights massive plastic cut at FCO

| 29/11/2018 | 8 Comments

(CNS): The Foreign Office minister with responsibility for the British Overseas Territories and the Commonwealth, Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, has announced a huge drop in single-use plastics (SUPs) used by FCO staff in the UK. Since February, the Foreign Office has successfully eliminated 97% of SUPs, cutting down on around 1.56 million pieces of plastic […]

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DEH problems due to management, not trucks

DEH problems due to management, not trucks

| 27/11/2018 | 62 Comments

(CNS): The minister responsible for the Department of Environmental Health has said that plans he had to buy more garbage trucks were shelved after he discovered that equipment issues had nothing to do with the problems plaguing a key part of his portfolio. In Finance Committee last week, Dwayne Seymour admitted he was “uncomfortable” answering […]

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Minister claims GM mosquitoes didn’t work

Minister claims GM mosquitoes didn’t work

| 23/11/2018 | 60 Comments

(CNS): The environmental health minister, who has responsibility for the Mosquito Research and Control Unit (MRCU). has said the release of genetically modified Aedes aegypti mosquitoes in West Bay did not work and has confirmed that when the Oxitec contract formally ends on 31 December, that will be “the last you hear about Oxitec being […]

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Prisoners to act as back-up for garbage pick-up

Prisoners to act as back-up for garbage pick-up

| 19/11/2018 | 35 Comments

(CNS): Inmates at HMP Northward are being trained to collect garbage so that they can assist the Department of Environmental Health if there are future staff shortages or absenteeism to avoid the situation Cayman has endured for the last year of constant delays to rubbish pick-up. The minister responsible for the department, Dwayne Seymour, admitted […]

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DoA moves to block Christmas tree pests

DoA moves to block Christmas tree pests

| 19/11/2018 | 47 Comments

(CNS): Several local merchants have opted not to sell live Christmas trees this year because the Department of Agriculture (DoA) has been clamping down on the importation of trees to keep the local environment free of pests that could pose a threat to Cayman’s indigenous flora. While some retailers have been grumbling about the regulations […]

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Bulk waste collection delays blamed on residents

Bulk waste collection delays blamed on residents

| 15/11/2018 | 25 Comments

(CNS): The Department of Environmental Health (DEH) has blamed residents in the Eastern Districts for causing a delay in the seasonal bulk waste collection programme, saying that they put out more waste after the initial collection. “DEH collectors made repeated trips to retrieve bulk waste from previously collected areas,” officials said a release about the current […]

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Ministry indicates long wait on dump solution

Ministry indicates long wait on dump solution

| 15/11/2018 | 50 Comments

(CNS): The Cayman Islands Government is still not expecting to sign a final contract to begin the long-awaited proposed waste-management plan until at least the middle of next year. In an update about the negotiations between the ministry responsible for environmental health and the preferred bidder, DECCO, which have lasted more than a year, officials […]

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