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Labels and recycling bottles

| 20/03/2017 | 3 Comments

I diligently recycle my glass, plastic and paper. But somebody told me that you need to remove the paper labels from the glass and plastic. Is that true? If so, what happens if you don’t?


Auntie’s answer: I am so happy you asked that question because it allows me to highlight the importance of recycling. And may I also say kudos to you for doing your part to reduce, reuse and recycle. I wish that everyone made that effort, though I do feel that more people are starting to understand the importance of being green.

I will now step down off my soapbox to answer your question, helped by an official at the Department of Environmental Health (DEH). At the current time, the DEH does not require people to remove the stickers and labels from glass and plastic bottles that are being recycled. That should add a bit of time back to your day.

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  1. anonymous says:

    Wasting water on labels removal increases your environmental foot print.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Glad you are trying to do your part but Cayman is only interested in the $$$ of the recycling business and not recycling itsself everything you do just ends up in the landfill

    • Anonymous says:

      There are logistical economics to recycling on a small island that cannot be ignored, such as the practical necessity of filling a container before investing the energy and expense of shipping it off-island.

      CNS: can you please post images of these loaded DEH containers to help dispel these persistent myths once and for all? GT Landfill Operations Manager Ronald Dilbert or Foreman Landfill Operations Mitchell Hurlston should have these.

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