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Published 21st May 2019, 8:11am

The Department of Environmental Health

(DEH) urges residents to dispose of garbage, in a sanitary manner; in

accordance with the Cayman Islands Litter Law (1997 Revision) and Public Health

(Garbage & Refuse Disposal) Regulations (2011 Revision)“In

recent weeks, we have observed a proliferation of illegal dumpsites. Included

in several of these dumpsites are electronic items, large appliances,

landscaping waste and derelict vehicles,” said DEH Acting Director, Richard

Simms. “These dumpsites are not only unsightly but are also illegal and have

public health and environmental implications,” Mr Simms continued.DEH,

therefore, reminds residents to make use of the 24-hour drop-off site located

at the entrance of the George Town Landfill in order to dispose of small

quantities of garbage, bulky items (old furniture, tree branches), metals

(barbeques etc.) and household hazardous waste (cooking oils, grease, paint,

solvents, bleach, cleaning supplies). DEH

also reminds residents to dispose of large quantities of household garbage,

commercial garbage (landscaping, construction debris etc.), metals (derelict

vehicles and equipment etc.), and hazardous waste (in excess of five 55 gallons

drums of oil etc.) inside the main section of the George Town Landfill; which

is opened from 7:30am to 6:30pm, Mondays to Saturdays. The

DEH is committed to pick-up household and commercial garbage on scheduled days,

and aims to retrieve any uncollected garbage within 48 hours after the

scheduled pick-up day.To

facilitate efficient collections, residents must ensure that their garbage is

appropriately packaged and easily accessible to DEH collection crews.  DEH collectors will not pick-up garbage that

is not suitably packaged or that contains items that should not be placed with

the household garbage.  For

more information on the 24-hour drop-off site, DEH residential pick-up schedule

or on how to package household garbage, please visit the DEH’s website at or its Facebook page at