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Tracking Cayman’s recyclables

While people’s green efforts may end once they throw their recyclables into the multi-coloured bins at local supermarkets, that is only the beginning of the journey for those plastics and tins.

DEH seeks new location for Red Bay recycling depot

The closure of the recycling depot at Grand Harbour over the weekend has left the Department of Environmental Health in search of a new location for residents of the Red Bay and Prospect communities to deposit recyclables.

CUC exports more than 1 million pounds of recyclable material

Caribbean Utilities Company has implemented a programme that so far has exported the equivalent of almost three "football fields" of recyclable materials, including electrical transformers, waste oil, rubber, copper, steel, brass, aluminium, streetlights, wire, wood and concrete.

New recycling containers for eastern districts

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

700 tons of bulk waste collected

The Department of Environmental Health has stressed the need for more recycling efforts after it collected more than 700 tons of materials during its bulk waste campaign in late 2019.

MLAs need to set green example

Over the past few years the world has become more and more aware of the very serious and real damage plastic is doing to...

Letter: Take your recycling home

I have been visiting George Town for approximately 20 years. In the beginning, recycling was not an option. It always felt odd to throw so many items in the garbage.

Letter: Don’t discourage recycling habits

Currently, we are deterring people from continuing to recycle, causing the most detrimental part of our island, the dump, to expand at a rapid rate.

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.

The Jimi Hendrix bottle cap experience

The spirit of rock legend Jimi Hendrix has been revived in a spectacular 8-foot artwork made entirely from recycled bottle caps.

Local entrepreneur goes 3-D with recycled plastic printing

A local tavern owner envisions a future where recycling no longer involves separating various plastics and hauling them to dedicated dumpsters in the corner of a supermarket parking lot.

Schools get jingle fever

Cayman’s primary school children are literally singing the praises of recycling and waste reduction, with four schools submitting “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” jingles for an Earth Month competition hosted by the Department of Environmental Health.

Letter: Supermarkets, please help reduce plastic waste

I would also recommend that [supermarkets] use paper containers that are more eco-friendly and are compostable.

Recycling, one tire at a time

A company run by Junior Achievement students has found a way to cut down on the number of used tires that end up in the George Town landfill by recycling them into colorful pet beds and eye-catching plant holders.

Cayman Mixologists get creative with eco-friendly cocktails

Cayman has a problem with waste. Anyone who has taken part in a beach clean-up will be familiar with the amount of plastic rubbish that washes up on the sand, while last month the Cayman Compass reported on the issues around recycling efficiently on-island.

Teenagers pioneer recycling initiative in West Bay

Two teenagers, Jade and Luke Barnard, have begun a small-scale recycling business in West Bay at the Shores and at Highlands to encourage people to recycle their trash.

Inadequate recycling

Today's editorial cartoon

EDITORIAL – Recycling efforts: All packaging, little substance

The trouble with “feel-good solutions” is they offer the illusion of progress without addressing the problem. Mollified by the soothing certainty that “someone” is doing “something,” we drift ever farther from any meaningful mitigation or resolution.

Recycling picks up on Cayman

The Cayman Islands Department of Environmental Health says it is busily catching up on the waste it recycles.

Please keep Cayman clean

I write to you as a concerned resident. I have lived in Grand Cayman for a very long time. I have always felt good about living here, but lately I don’t quite understand where our civic pride has gone.

Phone book recycling program begins

Recycling containers are in place throughout Grand Cayman and Cayman Brac for people to drop off their old phone books for recycling.Yello’s annual Yellow2Green recycling program started last week, culminating the weekend before Earth Day, which falls on April 23.

Cabinet approves sending landfill plan out for bids

Cabinet on Tuesday approved a new plan for the George Town landfill, including a waste-to-energy plant to incinerate waste. The new waste management strategy calls for capping the landfill, creating a new recycling facility on the site and reducing the amount of waste going into the landfill by 95 percent.

No new landfill site in waste plan

Turning trash into electricity in a waste-to-energy plant is a central part of government’s new national waste management plan, which includes no new landfill site. Jim Schubert, the senior project manager, said the plant would be key to achieving the ambitious target of diverting 95 percent of waste from landfill.

Firewood an innovative take on recycling

Cutting and splitting wood on a hot day might not be an idea of fun for most people. But for one local known as “Cayman’s recycling king,” it can be good for the pocketbook.

Government taking over recycling depots

The government’s Department of Environmental Health will take over private recycling efforts at seven “curbside” depots throughout Grand Cayman on Wednesday.

Government to take over recycling stations

Starting June 1, private collection and recycling company Junk, owned by former Deputy Premier and Minister of Education Rolston Anglin, will no longer service Cayman’s seven recycling depots.

District students take action for Earth Day

Doing their part for the planet on Earth Day, Year 5 students at Edna M. Moyle Primary School in North Side took the opportunity to educate their fellow students about the serious issue of waste, advocating for the importance of reducing, reusing and recycling.

Recycling program collects 21,000 phone directories

The Cayman Islands Yellow Pages has collected more than 21,000 used phone directories through its annual Yellow2Green recycling program, organizers said.

New recycling depots set up

New recycling drop-off depots have been set up at parks and beaches across the island in a new initiative to help divert more waste away from the George Town landfill site.

Talk sheds light on mangroves

A hands-on presentation on the local mangrove population was one of the latest events taking place on Cayman Brac marking Earth Month.

Meet Cayman’s king of recycling

If there’s anyone who can be considered the embodiment of the saying, “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure,” Bodden Town resident Emile Levy fits the bill.

Phone book recycling under way

Collection bins are in place throughout Grand Cayman for people to drop off their old phone books for recycling.

Recycling firm to remove tires

After five previous unsuccessful attempts to find a buyer for a mountain of scrapped tires at the George Town landfill, officials now plan to pay a recycling firm to get rid of them.

Letter to the Editor: Cayman recycling a mess

Author says recycling bins at supermarkets are not set up properly.

Top stories of 2015: The year of the report

The theme for government in 2015 may well have been “The Year of the Report.” Ministers and civil servants have been going through a yearlong review of the EY Report, which calls for numerous government reforms.
  

'The Beast' to recycle Christmas trees

The Department of Environmental Health will be putting its new wood grinding machine, nicknamed “The Beast,” into action in the New Year’s to recycle Christmas trees.

Beachside trash yields treasure – and then some

The GREEN team organized a high schol beach cleanup on 21 November.

Landfill conundrum: ‘Location, location, location’

In irony almost beyond words (but not quite), the government's "solution" to the George Town dump site is to make it permanent.

Lack of new landfill raising questions about waste management

The failure to identify a new site for landfill undermines government’s attempts to develop a long-term waste management strategy, critics have warned.

Wesleyan youth express Christmas creativity with 'three Rs'

With Christmas just around the corner, one school is coming up with an innovative and environmentally friendly way for students to help celebrate the season.

Artist Maureen Lazarus to exhibit 'recycled art' in December

Artist Maureen Lazarus will be presenting her latest "recycled art" works in the Community Gallery at the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands through the first two weeks of December.

Cayman Islands Brewery wins big at Caribbean festival

The Cayman Islands Brewery garnered a number of medals at the 5th Caribbean Rum & Beer Festival in St. Maarten held earlier this month.

Recycling to expand in the new year

Government is working to get more recycling stations set up around the islands in the beginning of next year, according to Jim Schubert with the Public Works Department.

Bad debts a problem for public health

Over the past decade, the Cayman Islands public healthcare system has failed to collect some $120 million in debts owed for services rendered. (That's a lot of jetways!)

Helping hand for nesting birds

Many types of birds make their nests on Cayman Brac’s cliffs and rocky shores, but due to an unfortunate chance convergence of ocean currents, its rugged coastline also accumulates masses of floating garbage.

Stalling, stalling, stalling, stalling, stalling, stalling …

In large measure, this PPM government was elected on the singular campaign promise that it had the solution to the George Town Landfill — and it didn’t.

Dump strategy aims to cut waste by at least 85 percent

Recommendations in the new solid waste management strategy, essentially what to do with the George Town landfill, focus on how government can prolong the dump’s useful life beyond summer 2021.

Avoiding the inevitable at the landfill

Here’s our feedback on government's National Solid Waste Management Strategy: Decide what you’re going to do about our country’s solid waste problem — and then do it.

Landfill to reach capacity in 2021, say consultants

Consultants say the George Town landfill will reach capacity by summer of 2021 unless a new strategy for managing solid waste is introduced. A new National Solid Waste Management Strategy for the Cayman Islands, released for public consultation Monday, estimates that even with all of the recommendations to reduce and recycle trash, the George Town landfill would have only “a limited number of years” beyond 2021.

Ocean-based power a step closer to reality

In a small but significant development, with implications for the Cayman Islands, Hawaii has opened the world’s first Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion plant.

Young Caymanians embrace a sustainable future

Thirteen teenagers learned about sustainability and environmental issues thanks to United World Colleges.

Artists gallery and workshop opens

A new space for artists will be available in Camana Bay over the next five weeks.

Run was a glowing success

The second annual Glow Run 5K attracted 635 registered runners on Saturday, more than double the number that signed up for the inaugural event in 2014.

Waste-to-energy study advised for landfill

The possibility of using garbage fumes from the George Town Landfill to produce electricity should be investigated, a consultant’s report recommends.

Solar farm planned for Health City

Health City Cayman Islands has announced plans for a “solar farm” at the East End site that will help meet just under half of the hospital’s power requirements.

Can 'lone wolves' do much more than howl?

Independent "lone wolf" politicians might find themselves on the endangered species list when the Cayman Islands adopts single-member constituencies.

Who will choose to run in the 'Dump District'?

If Cayman's solid waste management operations remain in George Town, who's going to run in the "dump district?"

Wanted: Old eyeglasses

The Lions Club of Tropical Gardens is collecting used eye glasses and sunglasses as part of a charitable recycling program.

Waste management project manager: New landfill site needed in future

 Grand Cayman will eventually need a new landfill site as an integral part of its waste management plan, project manager Jim Schubert confirmed.

Brac group tackles waste

Environmentally-minded residents of Cayman Brac have set up a group on the island to help create a more effective recycling program for the Brac and Little Cayman and to cut down on waste in the islands’ landfills.

CIFEC students stage 'Trashion' show

Students at the Cayman Islands Further Education Centre are making recycling fashionable – literally – by creating dresses from recycled materials.

Consultant: No quick fix to landfill leaching

Closing and capping large areas of the George Town landfill will likely be the only way to lessen the potential environmental impact on the North Sound, according to consultants conducting tests at the site.

Business in brief

A roundup of local business briefs.

Finding a new landfill location: Not 'if,' but 'when'

James Schubert, Cayman's solid waste management chief, was asked a direct question. He responded with a direct (and we would suggest, honest) answer.

Love lock wall installed in Camana Bay

Touted as the first of its kind in the Caribbean, a love lock wall has been installed on The Paseo in Camana Bay.

Premier: I can handle landfill issue

Premier Alden McLaughlin insists he has not bitten off more than he can chew by taking on the landfill problem to add to his growing list of ministerial responsibilities.

Echoes of 2014: A year of strong editorial opinions in the Compass

The Editorial Board has compiled selections from some of the most provocative editorials published in the Cayman Compass this year, at least in our opinion.

Top story of 2014: George Town dump: several fires, slow progress

A review of developments with the George Town landfill in 2014.

Bo Miller's infrastructure fund set for 2015 launch

An infrastructure fund that will allow Cayman Islands residents to invest in major capital works will be registered with the Cayman Islands Monetary Association in January and will be in a position to bid for public and private sector projects in 2015, according to its founder.

Online poll: Most would just pay the price for trash collection

The majority of respondents to a caymancompass.com online poll would simply pay the price if there were a charge for trash collection.

Polar explorer visits school

Polar explorer and climate change campaigner Parker Liautaud gave a presentation to St. Ignatius students on Wednesday.

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