A look behind the scenes of garbage and recycling at the George Town landfill revealed some interesting facts for students from Sir John A. Cumber Primary School.

“Students didn’t expect to see what they saw,” said Stacey-Ann Anderson, public relations and education officer at the Department of Environmental Health.

Ms. Anderson facilitated the tour, along with Angelo Roye, the landfill’s recycling foreman.

“Students were excited about the way the garbage was stored and that so many things on the island could be recycled, such as batteries, plastic, aluminum cans, bottles and tires,” she said.

Students also toured the recycling facility, and saw the garbage going up a conveyor belt and coming out in a big block after being compacted by the baling machine. They got to see the sections of the landfill that houses oils, such as cooking or used motor oils. For recycling, they were introduced to the process that takes place before the items are sent off for processing.

Exploring the topic “The Environment and Our Future,” Year 6 students agreed that touring the dump was a fascinating and educational experience on what happens to the refuse taken from their homes.

“Don’t throw away bottles and cans; recycle them,” said Nathan Arlett-Johnson. Classmate Aquinle Missick confessed she learned more than expected. Seaford Russell, another sixth-grader, said it made sense to compact the garbage, otherwise it would be all over the place.

“They smash bottles into cubes and ship them off to the USA. That’s amazing,” said Darion Anglin.

A student checks out piles of aluminum cans that will be processed, baled and recycled.

Year 6 teacher Shekina Bush noted that the awareness of recycling and environmental conservation is especially important, as the students live on a beautiful set of islands.

“Because of the field trip, our children, our scholars, are seeing a much bigger picture. I’m hoping they will now push for changes around them. The trip was very informational,” she said.

She said the guides nurtured the students’ interest and allowed them to be true inquirers.

“I think this trip should be experienced by every child in our school system, as it opens their eyes to the wonderful programs that the Department of Environmental Health is trying to develop,” Ms. Bush added.

She said the aim of the students’ visit was to inquire into the role of the Department of Environmental Health in the protection of the environment.

Resulting from this informational tour, some students have decided to focus their research on taking action to increase recycling awareness among households for maximum participation. They have plans of making flyers, brochures and other means of public education to build that interest, Ms. Bush said.


  1. An eye opener, indeed! I want to suggest another project for the kids that has been done elsewhere. Collecting and recycling plastic and metal bottle caps as well as other caps, medicine,toothpaste,milk etc. The caps could be collected at schools in large clear containers, so every kid could drop “his” caps and actually SEE the extend of the plastic pollution. Local grocery stores could install even larger containers so every shopper could drop a cap or two. That would bring everyone’s attention the to ocean pollution.
    The recycling possibilities are endless,from creating art, home decor to making pathways. Kids could even start selling caps for home projects or make it themselves. Prizes for best the projects, best collectors could be established to bring fun into the project. Just look at these amazing things made from the bottle caps. https://www.google.com/search?q=bottles+tops+collected+as+environmental+project&client=safari&hl=en-us&biw=768&bih=881&tbm=isch&prmd=sinv&source=lnms&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjIpvW1x8DXAhWKSyYKHbecDBgQ_AUItQQoAg#imgrc=HXd1aMHBeYrRVM:

    May be solar water heater from recycled plastic bottles would be someone’s next project.. Lastly, may be the next Bryan Slat would be born in the Cayman Islands. I believe every kid should watch about Bryan Slat,a young dutch man and his project to clean pacific trash vortex. He was only 17 when he started his project. http://www.ajc.com/technology/plastic-eating-machines-clean-trash-from-pacific-ocean/KAMVEOJX9KkZrvaIcO9KRM/

  2. I have to say that this field trip to the dump was a good idea for the Kids . I wonder if the Kids got a lecture on the importance of each part of the dump to know why it’s so important to do separation of garbage and recyclables . This field trip could’ve have done wonders for the dump and the kids and their families . Have we ever heard of the Kids teaching their parents ? This could be the time when all the Kids would have been able to go back home and convenience their parents of the importance of saving space in the dump by recycling.

    Just think about the many families that don’t recycle at home and don’t understand the importance of , but your kid came home today all concerned about their future and the future of the dump .
    I think that recycling should be done daily in all Schools to drive the message with the kids .

  3. Now this is very scary that we are not even concerned about fixing the many different issues that we are faced with today .
    Crime getting out of control , dump getting to be bigger than the Island , iguanas taking over the Island , Politicians not doing their jobs .
    And we aren’t even as concerned about these issues to not even read about them to even acknowledge that we read about them .

    Sometimes we can’t just depend on the Government to fix everything something it takes pressure from the voters to make them Politicians do what they were elected to do .

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