Only three garbage trucks in five districts

There are currently only three working garbage collection trucks on Grand Cayman picking up household rubbish of all five districts on Grand Cayman, Premier Juliana O’Connor-Connolly revealed Thursday.

During normal service, there are between six and eight trash trucks on the road.

Rubbish collections are down to just once a week throughout the districts because the rest of the other rubbish trucks are off the road due to maintenance issues.

Describing the Department of Environmental Health, which runs the island’s solid waste collection and disposal, as being “very dire circumstances”, Ms O’Connor-Connolly said she had instructed her acting chief officer Leyda Nicholson-Coe to use funds usually set aside to offset depreciation of vehicles to buy two new collection trucks.

In the meantime, she said, “Plan B” would go into effect, using available dump trucks to do collections.

“I’m asking the public to just have a little more patience as we try to get back on track with it,” said the premier.

She said normal twice-a-week garbage collection services were expected to start to resume by the end of next week, “subject to the trucks remaining functional”.

For the first time since the government announced last month that garbage pick-ups would be reduced from twice a week to once a week, a schedule of pick ups has been made available, which Ms O’Connor-Connolly read out at a weekly government press briefing on Thursday.

The immediately scheduled pick-ups are as follows: Thursday, 7 February: most areas of West Bay and George Town areas; Friday, 8 February: Northward area, North Sound Estates, Savannah, Bodden Town, East End, North Side, Prospect, South Sound and Crewe Road in George Town; Saturday, 9 February: any outstanding residential areas island wide.

 

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  1. I walked in one neighborhood the other day, and I could smell the stench of garbage and see the infestation of flies as I passed by homes. That is why I feel garbage collectors should be paid well for the job they do. Think about us not having a garbage truck for one week and youll see what I mean.

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  2. I suggest that Animal Control start enforcing against owner that do not restrain their dogs according to the law. In my neighborhood many owners let their dogs run causing most of us to have to pick up after them every morning. It is bad enough when garbage is picked up twice a week but now it is even worse. Most of these animal are wearing tags. I am talking about the Boltin’s area of West Bay where other wise the neighbors are great and law abiding. In this matter, with their animals, they are not, They are offenders and it is not the fault of the animals it is on the shoulders of the owners. They should walk the area in the morning picking up after the night their dogs had out. I should not have to.

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  3. If I recall correctly the issue of maintenance on these trucks was a subject brought up about a year ago when more trucks were in the garage than on the road. It appears that at that time those in charge had a problem and in true Cayman way the government ignored the problem and have now compounded it. I would like to know if one more truck goes down what districts will not get any service? This is fast becoming a matter of public health and is currently not a sight for tourists to see. Fix the problem now and quickly before we destroy ourselves.

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