Recycling encouraged

The Department of Environmental Health is encouraging residents to make recycling a part of their routine.

‘Protecting our environment by recycling is becoming a top priority for many people in the Cayman Islands,’ Department of Environmental Health Director Roydell Carter said in a press release. ‘It’s an issue that concerns many people – not only in the Cayman Islands, but throughout the Caribbean, and throughout the world.’

In order to do its part, the DEH collects aluminium cans, used motor oil and lead acid batteries in Grand Cayman for recycling. These items are stored at the landfill until sufficient quantities are collected, after which they are shipped to a recycling facility in the US.

DEH has the following tips to help residents recycle at home and in the office.

Commit to recycling

?Every person in your organisation or home needs to commit to recycling.

? Get approval for a recycling initiative from the head of your organisation, such as a principal, CEO or director.

? Monitor trash and recycling containers to ensure that recyclables are being placed in the recycling dumpster.

For businesses

? Appoint a recycling coordinator. A recycling coordinator is vital to the success of an office recycling program.

? The recycling coordinator should be someone who is enthusiastic, and has good communication and organisation skills.

? The recycling coordinator serves as the point-of-contact between your organisation and DEH.

? Designate a specific location for each type of recycling container, and require that containers be returned to those locations after emptying (especially if an outside agency cleans your office).

? Let staff know where the containers are located, and specify the type of recyclable items that can be placed in each container.

? Place recycling containers in easily accessible, highly visible areas.

? Each organisation is responsible for collecting recyclables from inside the building and making them ready for pickup by DEH, if applicable.

? For aluminium can recycling, organisations should call the DEH at 949-6696 or 949-8793 to arrange for pickup when there are enough cans to fill a 30-gallon garbage bag.

? For lead acid battery recycling, organisations should make arrangements with the DEH for regular scheduled pickups.

? For used motor oil recycling or disposal, organisations should contact the DEH solid waste unit at 949-8793 before collecting and transporting large amounts of used motor oil to the landfill.

? Individuals can also drop off recyclable materials at the designated area located at the landfill’s entrance.

? Aluminium cans also be deposited in the collection bins located at all supermarkets.

At home

? At home, appoint a family member to remind and encourage others to recycle.

?Place weekly or monthly reminders on the fridge, or on your phone.

? Make it a part of a routine to carry recyclables to the collection container.

? Designate a family member to ensure that recyclable materials are carried to the landfill, or placed in the correct collection bins.

? Aluminium cans also can be deposited in the collection bins located at all supermarkets.

?Reward children for recycling.

In schools

? Involve everyone in recycling.

? Provide incentives – for example, competitions between departments or classrooms

? Give recycling awards for staff and students.

? Organise a nature fieldtrip, in order to showcase the benefits of recycling for the environment.

‘Everyone can take part in recycling; everyone can do their part to help the environment,’ says DEH Public Education and Promotions Officer Tania Johnson.


For more information on recycling, contact Tania Johnson at 949-6696 or 244-4152; email: [email protected].