Household junk, en route to landfill, piles up on streets

Household junk waiting to be picked up in North Side. - Photos: Jewel Levy

Used mattresses, appliances, electronics, old furniture, car tires and metal items are beginning to pile up along Cayman roadsides.

Residents have already started putting larger pieces of their household garbage outside as the annual Department of Environmental Health bulk waste collection exercise gets under way.

Each year during the free Christmas season pick-up, hundreds of Cayman residents use this opportunity to get rid of unwanted junk from around their homes.

The pick-up on Grand Cayman started in North Side and East End from Nov. 3-9. The next dates in Grand Cayman will be Nov. 10-23 in Bodden Town, Nov. 24 – Dec. 7 in George Town and Dec. 8-21 in West Bay. In the Sister Islands, the dates are Nov. 28-29 in Cayman Brac East, Dec. 5-6 in Cayman Brac West, Dec. 12 in Cayman Brac South and tentatively, Dec. 17 and 19 in Little Cayman.

Participants must place bulk waste on the curbside before their district’s scheduled collection date. The bulk waste should be in an area that is easily accessible to DEH collection crews and that does not obstruct the roadway. DEH will not collect any items that are put out after the scheduled dates.

This refers to larger household items that will be picked up.

Household junk waiting to be picked up in Bodden Town.

Vegetative waste, as well as construction and demolition debris will not be collected during the bulk waste removal activity. People should make alternative arrangements to transport these items to the nearest landfill.