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MRCU leadership inquiry still unresolved

MRCU leadership inquiry still unresolved

| 21/10/2020 | 20 Comments

(CNS): Neither the minister responsible for mosquito control nor the deputy governor responsible for the civil service were prepared to offer an update into the current leadership inquiry at the Mosquito Research and Control Unit when they were asked on Wednesday. Answering an MLA’s question in the Legislative Assembly about the status of the director […]

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$20M dump works to start but still no full deal

$20M dump works to start but still no full deal

| 13/10/2020 | 63 Comments

(CNS): The Dart-led consortium selected as government’s preferred bidder for the national waste management project over three years ago has signed a sub-contract with government worth over $20 million. But there is still no full deal agreed for the entire project. This preliminary works contract is to cap and remediate the George Town dump, create […]

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Activist calls for local reuse solution for plastic

Activist calls for local reuse solution for plastic

| 12/10/2020 | 22 Comments

(CNS): Claire Hughes, the founder of Plastic Free Cayman, the non-profit advocacy group pressing for a massive reduction of plastic here, has called for the introduction of local recycling and reuse to tackle the mounting problem. This weekend dozens of volunteers joined a clean-up on the beaches after the huge waves and high seas from […]

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Dump deal ‘soon come’, claims minister

Dump deal ‘soon come’, claims minister

| 23/09/2020 | 60 Comments

(CNS): Government is said to be close to signing a deal with the preferred bidder on the long-awaited waste-management project. It has been almost three years since the Ministry of Health selected DECCO and a consortium of waste experts to take on the project, but to date almost nothing has happened on the tender remit […]

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Recycling finally available in East End

Recycling finally available in East End

| 14/09/2020 | 15 Comments

(CNS): Four years after the Department of Environmental Health took over collecting the recycling at supermarkets around Grand Cayman, a request by residents to place recycling containers in East End, the only district in Grand Cayman that did not have any, has been granted. Before these units were placed by the Captain George Dixon Park […]

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Gov’t goes to work on rusting wrecks

Gov’t goes to work on rusting wrecks

| 14/09/2020 | 43 Comments

(CNS): A cross-government team has been put together by Deputy Governor Franz Manderson to remove and scrap abandoned derelict vehicles. These rusting wrecks, left in the bush, streets and on empty lots, are not only a threat to the environment but also a health hazard and contribute to social disorder. Since July more than 300 […]

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$2.2M spent on updated garbage fleet

$2.2M spent on updated garbage fleet

| 24/08/2020 | 37 Comments

(CNS): The Cayman Islands can look forward to seeing real improvement in garbage collection and general management in the coming weeks after almost $2.2 million has been spent on eleven new garbage trucks and other heavy equipment. The Department of Environmental Health has also come up with a new logo that is “better aligned with […]

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New garbage trucks get DEH back on track

New garbage trucks get DEH back on track

| 07/08/2020 | 35 Comments

(CNS): The long-awaited delivery of new garbage trucks has been received by the Department of Environmental Health, and according to DEH Director Richard Simms, all of them were expected to be on the road this week with five new drivers starting work. Simms said that the department was well, if not fully, equipped and was […]

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DEH back to removing scrap cars

DEH back to removing scrap cars

| 29/07/2020 | 25 Comments

(CNS): Following the suspension of the programme during the COVID-19 lockdown, operations to remove derelict vehicles from the streets have resumed since the curfew was lifted. This month the Department of Environmental Health has removed more than 50 cars from all districts. But officials urged people not to dump vehicles on public land or the […]

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Small ‘challenging’ fire persists at the dump

Small ‘challenging’ fire persists at the dump

| 22/05/2020 | 10 Comments

(CNS) Updated Saturday: The Cayman Islands Fire Service (CIFS) reported Saturday that they are still at the George Town dump trying to extinguish “a small but challenging fire”. CIFS said that a deep seated vein of burning waste is causing a small amount of smoke at the scene, but said there is no impact to […]

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Burning garbage illegal, says CIFS

Burning garbage illegal, says CIFS

| 23/04/2020 | 39 Comments

(CNS): The Cayman Islands Fire Service (CIFS) is urging the public to take care with backyard bonfires following an increase in reports of fires in various neighbourhoods in recent weeks. Senior fire officers also reminded people that burning general waste on private property is prohibited by law. Burning garden waste is not illegal but people […]

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