Dumping trash is a common problem on Grand Cayman, but it’s normally not as brazen as a recent incident in North Side where someone dumped construction debris and furniture, and apparently left a sign with the words “Catch me if you can.”
The sign, on what appears to be a discarded piece of composite countertop, is written in purple crayon and visible, though not legible, from Rum Point Drive, just east of the old Driftwood Village. It lays against a tree at the top of a one-track dirt road, and around the bend is the pile of rubbish with a view of the sea worthy of a postcard.
Edy Bjerkholt found the impromptu dump site while looking for sprat to use for fishing bait over the weekend. “It’s unbelievable. If you can drive it there, you can bag it up and take it to the dump,” he said.
Mr. Bjerkholt took photos of the sign and the pile of trash and posted them on ecayTrade website in hopes of meeting the dumper’s challenge and finding someone who recognizes the debris.
He said he couldn’t be 100 percent sure if the person who dumped the debris also wrote the sign, but it certainly looked that way. The trash and the sign all looked to have been put there recently, he said.
Tania Johnson, a spokeswoman with the Department of Environmental Health, said dumping is “a big problem all over the island.”
“People tend to dump out of sight – anywhere you have a tiny road or an empty lot,” she added.
She said if it happens on private property, it’s the property owner’s responsibility to clean it up, though people can ask the Department of Environmental Health to help clean up a site like this and it would be up to the minister’s discretion if government will help remove the debris.
The Department of Environmental Health shares enforcement duties on trash issues with the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service. It steps in when government needs to tell someone to clean up a mess on private property.
Incidents like this fall under either the Litter Law or trespassing, according to Superintendent of Police Adrian Seales.
Mr. Seales said that since 2011 there have been only three prosecutions under the Litter Law, which governs everything from throwing a hamburger wrapper out a car window to dumping construction debris. He did not know the nature of the three littering prosecutions.
He added that over the past several years, police have worked with the Department of Environmental Health to make “public appeals to discourage illegal dumping.” He asks anyone who observes illegal dumping to record the vehicle’s registration number and the time and date, and contact the police.
Meanwhile, Mr. Bjerkholt said he has told friends about the sign and the dumping, and some said they hoped to go there and clean up the mess.