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RSSEnvironmental Questions

Is pollution monitored in Cayman?

Is pollution monitored in Cayman?

| 06/12/2018 | 4 Comments
Do we have any pollution monitoring here on the island? Ocean water quality, air quality, anything? Are there any statistics, on any topic? On the WHO website it seemed we are the only country that is not proactive in regards to these matters. Auntie’s answer: This is one of those questions that n [...]

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Objecting to a coastal works application

Objecting to a coastal works application

| 03/12/2018 | 5 Comments
Can the wider public voice objections to coastal works applications regardless of how close they live to the site? How are those objections considered? [...]

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Pesticide use in organic farming

Pesticide use in organic farming

| 02/12/2018 | 11 Comments
I am a regular visitor to farmers market at the cricket grounds. I like to buy from there as I believe the produce sold there are organic. But, as I understand it, even the certified organic products worldwide are allowed to use a certain percentage of pesticides, etc. [...]

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Distinguishing blue from green iguanas

Distinguishing blue from green iguanas

| 05/11/2018 | 14 Comments
Is it possible for you to post an article with pictures showing the differences between a Cayman blue and the invasive green iguanas? I am hoping that when the cullers were vetted they were shown differences and how to quickly/easily spot which is which. I would love to see good photos of them side [...]

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Recycling oil in the Sister Islands

Recycling oil in the Sister Islands

| 29/10/2018 | 0 Comments
Can the Department of Environmental Health (DEH) say what happens to all the used engine oil in the Sister Islands? Commercial dive boats, cars and other vehicles, industrial equipment used oil, the utility diesel generators? Auntie’s answer: I asked the DEH and received a very prompt reply. An of [...]

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Recycling options limited on Sister Islands

Recycling options limited on Sister Islands

| 22/10/2018 | 4 Comments
We enjoy recycling opportunities including aluminium, plastic, glass, cardboard and paper, tyres, batteries and others. It is my understanding that the Sister Islands do not have collection and recycling for glass, plastic, cardboard or paper. Can you confirm whether this is true and, if so, find o [...]

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Why are trees being cut down on the beach?

Why are trees being cut down on the beach?

| 19/10/2018 | 7 Comments
I refer to a reader who asked: “And why the hell did they cut down those shady pine needle trees that were near the water on the beach side?” Aren’t SMB and everything on it protected by law? Who and why had cut those trees down? Who permitted the action? SMB is a national treasure [&h [...]

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Recyclables and garbage are kept separate

Recyclables and garbage are kept separate

| 17/10/2018 | 1 Comment
I was told that separating trash into recycling material and regular material doesn’t make sense because the recycling material collected at the collecting stations (supermarkets) gets dumped into the same dump truck as the regular trash. This was witnessed by someone I know. Could you do some in [...]

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Regulating use of spear guns

Regulating use of spear guns

| 18/09/2018 | 4 Comments
What are the current laws on importing spear guns or spear gun parts? Can any Caymanian with a clean police record obtain a spear gun licence? Auntie’s answer: I contacted the Department of Environment (DoE) and an official explained that the spear gun licensing programme is being updated to take [...]

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Worried about emissions from incinerators

Worried about emissions from incinerators

| 05/09/2018 | 3 Comments
Are there laws regulating solid waste incineration units? I am referring to regulations that limit emissions of nine air pollutants (i.e., particulate matter, carbon monoxide, dioxins/furans, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, hydrogen chloride, lead, mercury, and cadmium) from four categories of so [...]

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Visitor wants licence to fish in Cayman

Visitor wants licence to fish in Cayman

| 06/08/2018 | 16 Comments
I will be visiting in September. I would like to buy a fishing licence so I can fish from shore. Where can I buy one for a non-resident? Auntie’s answer: There is no requirement to get a fishing licence in the Cayman Islands, either for residents or visitors. A Department of Environment (DoE) offi [...]

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Bothered by septic tank odour

Bothered by septic tank odour

| 02/08/2018 | 1 Comment
I want to find out why the septic tank at the Silver Oaks complex smells so bad most of the time. Is it a case that it is not pumped regularly? Does the law mandate regular pumping? Auntie’s answer: I cannot give you a definitive reply as to why there is an issue, but I […] [...]

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Recycling in Cayman not a waste

Recycling in Cayman not a waste

| 22/07/2018 | 24 Comments
A month ago, Foster’s Food Fair gave me a recycling box (kudos to FFF) which I have since been using to throw out my cardboard, plastic, glass and aluminium. I dutifully bring the items in the box to the proper recycling bins by Kirk supermarket. Recently someone told me it’s pointless to recycl [...]

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Kirk Market goes green for the reefs

Kirk Market goes green for the reefs

| 11/07/2018 | 10 Comments
(Auntie): After an article published this week on CNS about Hawaii banning sunscreen toxic to coral reefs, CNS put out a call to let us know about any retail outlets that stock safe brands. I am glad to share that Kirk Market has a variety of these products for sale, and for that, I am […] [...]

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Kudos to Hurley’s for going green

Kudos to Hurley’s for going green

| 08/06/2018 | 10 Comments
(Auntie): Today is World Oceans Day, so this seems like a very good day to recognise Hurley’s for a total switch from plastic to paper shopping bags, having awarded Jacques Scott for the same thing last month. However, I have to note that I did contact the other main supermarkets about their polic [...]

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