Cayman gets five new garbage trucks

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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.  

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Director of Environmental Health Roydell Carter, fourth from left, receives the keys for the new vehicles from Richard Simms, head of the Department of Vehicle and Equipment Services, with, from left, Ernest Ebanks and Stephen Quinland of DVES, Ministry Councillor Roy McTaggart, Chief Officer Jennifer Ahearn, Deputy Chief Officer Nancy Barnard, and Colford Scott and Ronald Dilbert of the DEH. -Photo: Jewel Levy

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Department of Environmental Health Director Roydell Carter with one of the new trucks.
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  1. This is good news but better news would be if we reverted back to twice weekly pickup. Will this happen ? I believe we gave up 2% in Duty charges to cover this a few years ago and to cover those that never paid for collection.

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  2. I’d be more impressed by this purchase if there was also evidence of a proper maintenance program being put in place.

    The big problem at DEH isn’t lack of equipment but lack of serviceable equipment. The stuff gets trashed and neglected then apparently nobody can fix it.

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  3. I would certainly hope that David William’s comments were in error. It would be down right foolishness to not employ qualified service people to maintain and service equipment on a regular basis.
    It beggar’s the imagination to conceive of a government DEH that could not or would not maintain its own equipment.
    Hopefully those comments were not factual. Definitely fodder for a potential follow up article.

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