Holiday season means cleanup time for Cayman

The National Roads Authority will be cleaning up the roads, the Department of Environmental Health is doing its annual bulk waste pickup, and the Chamber of Commerce is hosting a beach cleanup Saturday.

Crews with the National Roads Authority will be out for two weeks in early December clearing high-traffic roads on Grand Cayman. The NRA wants the public to help clear tree overhangs, brush, garbage bins and anything else in the roadway.

Marion Pandohie with the NRA said the Roads Authority wants to “take a proactive approach on encroachments.” She said road crews will make a two-week push to trim trees and hedges that have grown out into busy roads and hope property owners will help by trimming back anything growing from their yards into the streets.

Ms. Pandohie said people can be fined up to $5,000 for having bushes or trash bins in the roadway. But, she said, in her 10 years with the NRA, she’s never known anyone to get a fine. The authority sends out several notices before considering a fine, and by then, she said, the property owner has cleaned it up.

DEH bulk waste pickup

The Department of Environmental Health holds its annual year-end bulk trash pickup. Starting on the East End and moving across to West Bay, DEH will pick up any bulk waste items left on the roadside.

Bulk waste includes furniture, appliances and anything else not handled by the normal weekly trash pickup.

DEH trucks are currently out in the Bodden Town District and Cayman Brac. They will be in the George Town District from Dec. 1-6 and West Bay from Dec. 8-13. Collection has already wrapped up in Little Cayman, East End and North Side.

Christmas beach cleanup

The Cayman Islands Chamber of Commerce is hosting a beach cleanup Saturday from 7-10 a.m. The Chamber will supply garbage bags and latex gloves for volunteers, and the Department of Environmental Health will pick up any bags left by the side of a main road.

The Chamber wants people to go to its website and sign up as teams, selecting which beach they want to clean. Teams can opt to clean any beach on Grand Cayman.

For more information, call the Chamber on 949-8090.

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