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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.

DEH gets new trucks, unveils new logo

The Department of Environmental Health has received the final four of 11 new trucks, which is expected to help bolster its current fleet.

DEH fleet of trucks continues to grow

Since May, seven of 11 ordered garbage trucks have arrived in Cayman. The arrival of the new Department of Enviromental Health vehicles puts the fleet at 17 trucks, including five front loaders, five rear loaders, four roll-on roll-off, and three grab trucks.

COVID-19 brings new pollution challenge

With face masks now mandatory in many indoor areas during the COVID-19 crisis, the careless dumping of these disposable items has become the latest...

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.

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.

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.

DEH director wants review of Public Health Law

Over the last 20 years, the Cayman Islands has seen a 300% increase in the number of registered food establishments. The total now stands at 850 restaurants, cafes, dinners and mobile food trucks, as well as bed and breakfasts - and the Department of Environmental Health’s four food inspection officers have been tasked with monitoring them all.

DEH director calls for fines for litterbugs

It’s hard to miss the scores of abandoned cars that clutter the narrow roads of communities like Washington Boulevard, Watlers Drive, Central Scranton and Windsor Park.

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.

$4 million for new garbage truck fleet

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

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.

DEH advises on disposal of derelict vehicles

Now that the George Town landfill is again accepting derelict vehicles, the Department of Environmental Health, which operates the dump, is advising the public on the procedure for disposing of such vehicles.

EDITORIAL – The trashman cometh? DEH offers some hopeful news

At long last, officials seem to be taking as seriously as the disgruntled public the issues at Cayman’s Solid Waste Services. Some problems, of course, cannot be hidden or, to employ an inexact metaphor, “swept under the rug.” Garbage collection is one of them.

New bosses to tackle garbage delays

In an effort to get garbage pick-ups back on schedule, government announced on Thursday that Department of Vehicle and Equipment Services Director Richard Simms has been temporarily appointed as the acting director of the Department of Environmental Health.

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