Cayman Islands Garbage Collection

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The health and safety of all residents of the Cayman Islands depends on an effective and reliable domestic garbage collection service. The concerns of residents are compounded by the fact that the management and operations at the landfill also seem to be unreliable and inadequate. The overall management of the DEH needs to be reviewed and solutions to the problems highlighted implemented with urgency.

This is a petition concerning the recent decision made by the Department of Environmental Health to reduce the frequency of domestic waste removal collection from twice weekly to once a week. We, the undersigned would be grateful that you reconsider this decision for the following reasons:

1.       Overloaded garbage bins and receptacles now litter much of Grand Cayman creating a breeding ground for rodents, flies, mosquitoes and other hazardous pests and animals who all have the potential to transmit several dangerous diseases.

2.       The DEH is currently not adhering to the new once per week benchmark and there are periods where domestic trash is left on the roadsides more than two weeks.

3.       Domestic trash contains used medical supplies, human blood and faeces from either litterboxes, soiled nappies and adult disposable undergarments, these all increase the potential for an outbreak of E-coli, Hepatitis A, Typhoid and Gastroenteritis.

4.       Animals such as cats, dogs, chickens and iguanas feed on the waste left in overflowing bins and inevitably scatter the waste, leading to a higher potential for the spread of diseases.

5.       Air pollution is a major concern as the odour from rotting garbage quickly permeates our neighbourhoods.

6.       Unsightly piles of garbage is an unwelcome sight for our tourist visitors and there has already been commentary on various travel sites with regard to the “trash” problems in the Cayman Islands.

Your immediate intervention and action is required to reinstate reliable and effective twice-weekly waste collection throughout the three Cayman Islands.




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