Dumpsters leave garbage with “No litter” signs
(CNS): The Department of Environmental Health (DEH) has tackled a wave of illegal dumping in West Bay and Newlands, officials said. There have been huge piles of loose items and building materials dumped at the Ed Bush Sports Complex, right next to clear signs prohibiting it and listing the penalties for doing so.
Fly spills also occurred along the median of the Newlands Bypass, where there was no indication that it was a temporary dump. But cleaning up the large amount of randomly discarded bulk waste is straining the department’s already depleted resources.
“We have been forced to redirect resources to clean up these sites on numerous occasions, despite several signs warning people of penalties for illegal dumping,” said DEH director Richard Simms.
He noted that the DEH’s recently concluded bulk garbage collection was a sidewalk exercise and residents were never made aware of temporary debris sites. “Let’s not make any more excuses,” he said. âIt is everyone’s responsibility to keep the environment clean and to stop litter. “
Dumping of waste at sites other than landfills in George Town or Sister Islands is illegal. The penalty for illegal dumping and littering can result in six months imprisonment and a minimum fine of $ 500. This illegal practice should be reported to the DEH or the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service.
The George Town Landfill operates from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays, until 1 p.m. on Saturdays. The dump at the landfill gate is accessible to the public and small vehicles 24 hours a day.
For more information contact the DEH at 949-6696 or email [email protected].