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Scrap-metal landfill fire extinguished

Last week’s scrap-metal fire at the George Town landfill has been fully extinguished, and the Cayman Islands Fire Service says there is now “minimum chance of re-ignition”.

DEH removes over 300 tons of bulk waste

The Department of Environmental Health has cleared 333 tons of waste so far as part of its annual bulk waste removal campaign.

Litter Law charges considered in mangrove concrete dumping

National Concrete has been warned by the Department of Environmental Health that it may face prosecution under the Litter Law, after a company truck was photographed Monday discharging excess concrete into a Red Bay mangrove.

Landfill pre-construction work set, but negotiations continue

Pre-construction work is set to begin on government’s long-awaited waste management plan, but a final agreement with the selected project bidder, Dart-led consortium DECCO, is still in progress, government announced Tuesday.

DoE: No prosecution over dumped concrete in Red Bay mangrove

The Department of Environment will not recommend prosecution against National Concrete, after a company truck was spotted Monday evening dumping concrete into a mangrove swamp in Red Bay.

Medical waste, sewage mix in open trench at Brac landfill

An open pit of untreated medical waste and septic tank sewage at the Cayman Brac landfill is creating potentially “inhumane” conditions for staff. The problem...

DEH puts dent in derelict car problem

The Department of Environmental Health is working to clear derelict and abandoned from around Grand Cayman, having already removed about 200 cars over the past few months.

New government effort to remove derelict vehicles

A year and a half after the Department of Environmental Health stepped up enforcement on derelict vehicles and removed almost 200 abandoned cars from Cayman’s streets in the first quarter of 2019 alone, government is attempting to tackle the problem once again.

New recycling containers for eastern districts

The Department of Environmental Health has placed new recycling containers for public use in the eastern districts.

Cayman falls short of pool safety standards

The Cayman Islands has adopted International Swimming Pool and Spa Code safety standards but is not currently implementing all of the requirements listed in...

Lions Club honours DEH staff

The Lions Club of Grand Cayman honoured Department of Environmental Health workers on Tuesday for their service and commitment to duty.

Law named after missing DEH worker Anna Evans

Missing mom Anna Evans has been etched into the law books of the Cayman Islands as legislators agreed Wednesday night to rename the Presumption of Death Law in her memory.

Multi-million-dollar fleet of garbage trucks on the way

The Department of Environmental Health will see its fleet of garbage trucks bolstered in the coming weeks, with the arrival of $4 million worth of new garbage trucks.

UPDATE: No smoke or fire detected at landfill

The Cayman Islands Fire Service observed the George Town landfill overnight and reported that no smoke or fire remained at the site as of Sunday morning. 

Landfill blaze extinguished after 12 days

The major landfill fire that erupted Saturday, 7 March, forcing road and school closures and resident evacuations in George Town, has now been extinguished, a government press release said on Wednesday.
Smoke wafts across the Esterley Tibbetts Highway towards Lakeside Apartments during this week's landfill fire

Toxic landfill smoke a health hazard

At the height of the landfill fire, concern was concentrated on controlling the rapidly expanding blaze. But the smoke, which has been reduced from thick black clouds to an everpresent smog, remains an issue affecting people’s health.

Landfill fire investigation under way

An investigation into last month’s fire at the landfill is expected to be completed in the next two weeks, according to officials at the Cayman Islands Fire Service.

Landfill continues to fight with machinery issues

At the heart of the backlog is the DEH’s single compactor, the Al-Jon 500. The $450,000 compactor has been periodically in and out of operation due to mechanical and engineering issues. Between August and September, the machine was out of commission, and the DEH spent more than $60,000 on rental equipment and machine repairs.

More than 600 tons removed in bulk waste collections

Department of Environmental Health staff removed more than 600 tons of bulk waste from roadsides throughout the Cayman Islands in recent weeks.

Landfill garbage compactor breaks down

A $450,000 garbage compactor at the George Town landfill has been out of action for two months while the Department of Environmental Health awaits parts for the machinery.

Public health meeting on dengue planned

A public health meeting on dengue fever has been planned for this Wednesday in East End.

Pool shutoff device law impacting Airbnb hosts

Home-share operators across Grand Cayman are having to look at their pools and determine if a new regulation requiring emergency shutdown devices applies to them. The regulations apply to any pool that has public access.

DEH reschedules garbage collection times

Mechanical issues with Department of Environmental Health garbage collection vehicles last week means pick-ups will be done a day later than usual, according to the department.

Delays in garbage pick-ups in Bodden Town

Bodden Town residents are experiencing delays in the collection of their garbage.

DEH director wants pay increase for staff

The Department of Environmental Health’s 150 staff members are not enough to meet Cayman’s growing population and subsequent increased demand for waste collection and disposal services, according to DEH Director Richard Simms, who is calling for an increase in the complement of his workers.

Firefighters tackle blazes at landfill

Firefighters responded to the George Town landfill Wednesday for a series of fires, according to a government news release.

$4 million for new garbage truck fleet

The Department of Environmental Health has received $4 million to purchase 11 new trucks.

DEH warns consumers about hummus recall

The Department of Environmental Health is advising consumers that a foreign food distributor has recalled some of its hummus products.

NiCE workers clear sargassum from beaches

Seasonal workers in the National Community Enhancement programme have been removing sargassum seaweed from the local beaches over the past week.

Lack of DEH staff leads to garbage delays

A temporary shortage of staff at the Department of Environmental Health led to a delay in garbage collection on several areas this week.

Carter’s ‘golden handshake’ remains under wraps

Details of the pay-out to the former head of a dysfunctional government department can remain secret, the Ombudsman has ruled.

NEW: Carter’s ‘golden handshake’ remains under wraps

Details of the pay-out to the former head of a dysfunctional government department can remain secret, the Cayman Islands ombudsman has ruled.

Delayed Friday opening for DEH, landfill

The Department of Environmental Health’s main office will be closed from 7-9am on Friday. The George Town landfill will also be closed between 7-9am.

Garbage disposal

Today's editorial cartoon.

Department of Environmental Health urges proper garbage disposal

The Department of Environmental Health has found a number of illegal dumpsites in recent weeks.

EDITORIAL – Being responsible for solid waste management

We welcome and support the Department of Environmental Health’s ongoing public education initiative to raise awareness among residents “about the importance of adequately packaging and handling household garbage”.

DEH launches garbage packaging campaign

The Department of Environmental Health has launched a public education campaign to encourage members of the public to properly package and handle household waste.

EDITORIAL — When no news is bad news

Public officials have a duty to swiftly inform the public about slip-ups, detours and unexpected events
Tourists relax on Grand Cayman's Seven Mile Beach

No policy for alerting public to ocean bacteria spikes

In October, levels of faecal bacteria in the waters surrounding the east end of Grand Cayman were found to be nearly 50 times greater than accepted safety standards.

EDITORIAL — Good riddance to derelict vehicles

More than a few junkers were left so close to roadways, they threatened the safe flow of traffic. In short, it was a terrible mess.
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Salmonella scare prompts Pillsbury flour recall

Cayman’s Department of Environmental Health is advising the public that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a recall of some Pillsbury flour products due to the likelihood of salmonella contamination.
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Brac residents urged to dispose of metal waste

Cayman Brac residents are being urged by the Department of Environmental Health to transport derelict vehicles and other metal waste to the Cayman Brac Landfill by Feb. 26.

Bigger recycling depot opens in North Side

North Siders are now able to drop off glass and plastic for recycling at an expanded depot in the district.

Small fire erupts at George Town landfill

The Cayman Islands Fire Service arrived on the scene and contained the blaze that started between 8 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. on the southeast side of the landfill, according to the Department of Environmental Health.

DEH gets new assistant director

The Department of Environmental Health has appointed Michael Haworth as its new assistant director in charge of solid waste. Mr. Haworth takes over from Mark Bothwell, who was seconded from the Recreation Parks and Cemeteries Unit in July last year.

Sick leave again

Today's editorial cartoon.

EDITORIAL – Trash collection: A dirty job that must be done

No offense to readers who toil away in C-suites or corner offices, but there are many types of jobs where occasional, extended or even habitual absenteeism might never be noticed. Garbage collection is not among those professions.

Excessive sick leave contributes to garbage collection delays

Rampant absenteeism among roadside garbage crews appears to have contributed to repeated failures to collect trash on time over the past 14 months.

Government employee arrested for ganja at airport

Customs officers arrested a 35-year-old male returning to Cayman on Sunday for attempting to smuggle marijuana into the country. The unidentified man is an employee of the Department of Environmental Health, officials said.

EDITORIAL – What we’re watching out for in 2019

As a rule, Compass editors are cautious about indulging in the temptation of attempted prognostication. However, there are some issues and themes, classified as “in progress” or “recurring,” that we expect to find ourselves writing about in the coming year.

Christmas tree recycling program extended

The Department of Environmental Health is collecting Christmas trees for recycling, through Thursday Jan. 17. Only live and natural trees without decorations are accepted.

‘Come early and bring a shovel’

You know the festive season is officially over when you see the forlorn piles of Christmas trees filling dumpsters around the island.

Three trash trucks out of service

Garbage collectors will be working double shifts through Saturday to catch up on roadside pickups. Three trucks are currently out of service, contributing to more delays in collections, particularly in the eastern districts.

Bins overflow amid waste collection delays

Garbage piled up by the roadside in the eastern districts over the festive period with equipment failure blamed for more delays in residential collections.

Christmas tree recycling

The Department of Environmental Health is urging Grand Cayman residents who purchased natural Christmas trees to participate in its annual Christmas tree recycling program.

Getting to grips with garbage problems

Garbage collections have been on time and on schedule for the past month after the Department of Environmental Health took action to deal with problems that have plagued it for more than a year.

Recycling bins added for expected holiday increase

Anticipating higher holiday volume, the Department of Environmental Health has added a combined total of three new recycling containers to two of its supermarket recycling depots.
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16 shih tzu dogs removed from home

The Department of Agriculture removed 16 shih tzu dogs, aged between one and three years old, from a home in George Town.
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DEH amends Brac bulk waste schedule

Bulk waste collections in areas of Cayman Brac will begin later than originally scheduled, according to the Department of Environmental Health.

Christmas beef inspection reminder

The Department of Environmental Health is reminding slaughtermen, butchers and livestock farmers of the arrangements regarding the inspection of locally slaughtered animals in the Cayman Islands during the upcoming Christmas Season.

Mail call: Prisoners to help collect garbage

Inmates from Her Majesty’s prison will pitch in to help solid waste crews keep up with garbage collection. Officials say the temporary arrangement will help prevent a repeat of last year’s holiday trash backup while the Department of Environmental Health works on a permanent fix to staff shortages and absenteeism.

E. coli outbreak linked to romaine

The Department of Environmental Health has issued an advisory urging members of the public, restaurant operators, wholesalers and retailers not to purchase, eat, serve or sell romaine lettuce, because of potential E. coli contamination.

Prisoners to help collect garbage

Serving prisoners will be used as temporary garbage collectors in a new scheme to deal with continued delays in roadside trash collections.

EDITORIAL – When government despoils Cayman’s precious wetlands

To environmentalists and conservationists alike, there is no mission more sacred than protecting tropical wetlands, the incubator and habitat of many forms of life...

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

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

Caymanman – Broken frown

Today's editorial cartoon.

DEH director’s settlement remains under wraps

Government has declined to reveal the details of any settlement with former director of Department of Environmental Health Roydell Carter after an open records request from the Cayman Compass.

Annual bulk waste collections begin Nov. 3

The Department of Environmental Health will begin this year’s annual bulk waste collections early next month.

DEH: Bodden Town fire extinguished after several weeks

A quarry fire in Bodden Town that had been smoldering in the Pease Bay area for more than three weeks was extinguished Thursday, according to the Department of Environmental Health.

Canal-side residents face boat dilemma

A neighborhood in Newlands has become ground zero for a slew of concerns and disputes over use of Grand Cayman’s residential canals.

DEH apologizes for delayed garbage collection

The Department of Environmental Health issued an apology Friday to residents of Grand Cayman who have experienced delays in garbage collection services over the past week.

EDITORIAL – George Town landfill: Time to clear the air

Over the past two years, nearly 2 million pounds of trash have been intentionally incinerated at the George Town and Cayman Brac landfills, without the use of “scrubbers” – devices that remove toxins from the incinerators’ exhaust.

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