Cayman has five new garbage trucks, but for now residential trash collection will remain at once a week.
“Residential collection will still remain once a week at this stage, but collection will be more consistent,” said Roydell Carter, the director of the Department of Environmental Health.
Mr. Carter received the keys for the new trucks from Richard Simms, director of Vehicle and Equipment Services on Wednesday.
Three of the trucks – front-end loaders – will be for commercial operations, while two rear-loading trucks will be for residential use. The total cost of the five new trucks is $1,096,706, officials said.
The trucks are expected to be in service from this Friday, after the necessary checks, licensing and staff training are completed.
“We are upgrading the fleet so the older ones that are giving a lot of trouble will come out of service,” said Mr. Carter. “These will probably replace two of the older vehicles. He added that the intention was for the waste collections to be carried out in the morning so that the trucks are off the road by noon each day.
Between 250 and 300 tons of garbage are taken to the landfill every day, he said.
Currently, six trucks operate on the residential pick-up rounds, but Mr. Carter said ideally eight to 10 trucks are required to ensure that two back-up vehicles were available in case of breakdowns.
Money was allocated by Cabinet in the 2014-15 budget to buy 10 new trucks. In addition to the five vehicles already delivered, another rear-loader truck, three roll-on/roll-off trucks to handle commercial waste, and a grapple truck for residential and commercial waste are scheduled to arrive on island this month.
Ministry of Finance and Economic Development Councilor Roy McTaggart welcomed the new equipment. “What I think it is going to achieve for us is a consistent and reliable service, … where in the past years the service has suffered because of unreliability,” he said.
Residential garbage is collected in West Bay on Mondays; George Town on Tuesdays and Wednesdays; Bodden Town on Thursdays; and North Side and East End on Fridays.