Inmates design new trash bins

Chamber of Commerce representatives and government officials in front of new trash containers designed by prison inmates at the launch of Cayman’s anti-littering initiative at Smith Barcadere on Thursday. – PHOTO: JEWEL LEVY

Inmates at Northward Prison, and the Cayman Islands Chamber of Commerce have come up with a creative way to keep trash in bins.

Ten specially designed trash structures will be placed in high-traffic public locations around Grand Cayman in the coming weeks.

The wooden sheds are durable and practical, and designed with a cover to prevent litter from spilling out, and to stop dogs, chickens and other animals from having a field day.

There are two 55-gallon trash bins inside each structure, which were provided by Cox Lumber.

The first receptacle was placed at Smith Barcadere beach on Thursday during the launch of the ‘Cayman Clean’ anti-litter and beautification initiative by Chamber members, which was attended by government and prison service officials.

Marlon Watson, a rehabilitation officer who coordinates the workshop at Northward Prison, said the structures are made from treated lumber and covered with exterior paint to keep them protected from the elements. Watson said they were committed to building new sheds as long as they were requested.

Nelson Dilbert, a member of the Chamber council, said of the project: “It’s an upgrade from the cans that are already here … those are metal oil drums sitting out exposed to the elements – rain, sun and animals that go in and out. It’s a way to allow us to beautify the island and our public areas.”

He added that the campaign would run throughout the year, with more bins being placed in public areas across the island.

Wil Pineau, Chamber CEO, said when the Chamber started the project, it was to cover both recyclables and trash, but because of a lack of a Cayman-wide recycling programme, members decided to limit the bins to just trash.

Ultimately, as the solid waste management plan takes shape, one of the containers will be used for recycling, he said.