The Department of Environmental Health (DEH) is reminding residents that this year’s bulk waste collection already took place earlier in May, replacing the traditional November schedule. Persons wishing to dispose of any bulk waste are required to make alternative arrangements to transport these materials to the George Town landfill or the landfills operating in the Sister Islands.
“Any bulk waste placed in the curbside and/or empty lot will be considered illegal dumping/littering and should be reported. The shifting of the annual collection of bulk waste from November to May, ahead of the Hurricane Season, was largely advertised and successfully completed in an effort to reduce the amount of debris that could be generated by any form of severe weather”, explained DEH Director Richard Simms.
Any illegal dumping and littering should be reported to the DEH or the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service (RCIPS). This unlawful practice can result in a penalty of 6 months of imprisonment and a minimum fine of $500.
The department’s team of Environmental Health Officers has strengthened its community monitoring programme. On a once-weekly basis, this activity is carried out to identify and promptly address obvious environmental health issues, including littering and illegal dumping.
The George Town Landfill operates from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on weekdays, until 1:00 p.m. on Saturdays and is closed on Sundays. The landfill drop-off facility at the gate will remain accessible to the public and small vehicles 24 hours per day.