New garbage trucks in service

Three new “green” garbage-collection trucks will be on the streets of Grand Cayman early Monday morning.

Minister Osbourne Bodden handed over the vehicles to the Department of Environmental Health on Thursday.

The 25-cubic-yard McNeilus trucks, which cost $149,419 each, are meant to help alleviate delays in residential garbage collection caused by equipment shortages over past months.

The double-axle rear-loaders have supplemental safety equipment such as rear-cameras, according to a press release, which also states that drivers and collectors have been trained in the new features.

”I’m pleased that they will alleviate the crisis we’ve had for some time now,” said Mr. Bodden, who commended the staff for “working very hard to keep the service going under difficult circumstances.” Minister Bodden added, “I also thank the public for their continued patience, as the department works to return to its regular collection schedule in the near future.”

The new trucks will operate on double shifts, along with the other four reliable ones already in use, officials said, adding that more are needed to bring the service up to the desired standards.