Tag: Richard Simms

Mobile battery blamed for small dump fire

Mobile battery blamed for small dump fire

| 18/01/2021 | 5 Comments

(CNS): Officials from the Department of Environmental Health (DEH) said that a small surface fire at the landfill at around 4pm Monday was probably caused by a mobile phone battery or similar item that had been discarded in the regular waste. When operators were compacting the area and drove over the battery, it may have […]

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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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Dump fire could happen again

Dump fire could happen again

| 10/03/2020 | 38 Comments

(CNS): As the Cayman Islands Fire Service (CIFS) and the Department of Environmental Health continue to battle the current blaze at the George Town dump for the fourth day, there appears to be little more that can be done in addition to current measures to guarantee that there will be no fires like it in […]

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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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DEH managers get up close with garbage

DEH managers get up close with garbage

| 12/08/2019 | 14 Comments

(CNS): Department of Environmental Health Director Richard Simms, Assistant Director-Solid Waste Michael Haworth and Acting Foreman Owen Henry got a little closer to the garbage they manage last week when they went on the rounds and experienced the daily struggles of the department’s waste collectors. The managers went on the road after the schedule had […]

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Simms confirmed as DEH boss

Simms confirmed as DEH boss

| 04/06/2019 | 21 Comments

(CNS): After almost a year acting in the job, Richard Simms has been appointed as director of the Department of Environmental Health, officials said Tuesday. Simms moved to the beleaguered department last summer from his post as director at Department of Vehicle and Equipment Services. He took over after the former boss, Roydell Carter, was […]

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Over 90 derelict cars removed from streets

Over 90 derelict cars removed from streets

| 08/04/2019 | 15 Comments

(CNS): The Department of Environmental Health (DEH) has removed 93 derelict vehicles from Grand Cayman over the last month as part of ongoing efforts to address some of the long-standing nuisances on the island, officials said. But given the equipment challenges the department is facing, it temporarily procured the services of private firm Bodden’s Heavy […]

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Prison rehab pilot project expanding

Prison rehab pilot project expanding

| 20/02/2019 | 8 Comments

(CNS): A third prisoner from HMP Northward who is coming to the end of his sentence has joined the Department of Environmental Health’s garbage collection team as part of a joint project of the DEH and HM Cayman Islands Prison Service to place inmates in jobs. Last year the two agencies signed a memorandum of understanding […]

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Two civil service bosses seconded to DEH

Two civil service bosses seconded to DEH

| 12/07/2018 | 42 Comments

(CNS): The director at the Department of Vehicle and Equipment Services (DVES) and the manager of the Recreation Parks and Cemeteries Unit (RPCU) at the Public Works Department have been transferred to the Department of Environmental Health to sort out the ongoing problems at the beleaguered department. In a press release from the health ministry, […]

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