Debris collection restricted

More than 106,000 cubic yards of debris has been collected in Grand Cayman.

This is according to Mr. Mark Scotland, Operations Manager for the Cayman Islands Recovery Operation.

‘The clean-up is progressing very well with much of the debris now collected,’ said Mr. Scotland.

However, the depositing of debris in Grand Cayman is now being restricted until situations at certain sites can be resolved.

Mr. Orrett Connor, Manager of the Cayman Islands Recovery Operation said he is not in a position to comment about the situation at the debris disposal sites.

Debris disposal sites are operating in East End, North West Point and Bodden Town with processing also at these sites. There is also a processing site in West Bay.

Mr. Scotland said that debris disposal sites had been closed in West Bay and in Spotts/Newlands.

A temporary site in North Side that had not been official has also closed, he said.

Speaking about an area in West Bay, beside the sports stadium, where people have been storing debris, Mr. Connor said it is not an official debris disposal site and there are concerns about this area which is now being used as a dumping ground.

‘We’ll need to secure that site from public intrusion and we have plans to seal it off,’ he said.

Mr. Connor pointed out that debris is still being cleared from the roadside but those people who have debris following re-construction are expected to make arrangements with their contractors to get rid of this.

‘The initial hurricane debris, such as roofs and vegetation, we collected, but now people need to make their own arrangements for getting rid of what other debris they may have,’ he said.

At the debris processing sites materials are being sorted based on their content.

Vegetative materials are being ground while plastics are being separately processed. Metal will be crushed into tubes for shipment off the island. Cars can also be shipped off the island.

A lot of this, such as construction and vegetative materials, can be used in the Cayman Islands again as ground-fill, said Mr. Connor.

‘We really want to get the depositing of materials under control,’ he said. He added that there is a dire need for space to process the hurricane debris. ‘That’s something that is really lacking on the island,’ he said.

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