RSSEnvironmental Questions

Why are trees being cut down on the beach?

Why are trees being cut down on the beach?

| 19/10/2018 | 6 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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Wants to recycle batteries

Wants to recycle batteries

| 06/06/2018 | 11 Comments
I recently changed the batteries in all my smoke detectors, and numerous handheld controllers. So, I have close to 20 household batteries to recycle. But I can’t find battery recycle bins in Camana Bay any more (they used to be in each building). Where else on island can I drop these recycled [...]

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Removing an abandoned car

Removing an abandoned car

| 27/04/2018 | 9 Comments
A car has been abandoned on our road (number plates, etc, were removed). The police were called but have done nothing. What are the steps to getting this eyesore removed? It is dumped on an empty plot, but I don’t know who that belongs to. I wasn’t expecting to have to spend time to deal [&helli [...]

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Concerned about official recycling efforts

Concerned about official recycling efforts

| 20/04/2018 | 15 Comments
With all the recent uncertainty surrounding the management at DEH, how can we be sure that what we place in the recycling bins around the island is actually being recycled? Auntie’s answer: I have not yet received a reply to your question from the Department of Environmental Health, but just this [...]

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Worried about pollution from mobile car washers

Worried about pollution from mobile car washers

| 25/02/2018 | 8 Comments
Does any government body police the mobile car washes with regards to the chemicals they use and let seep into the ground water? I would imagine Department of Environment or Department of Environmental Health should be looking out for our interests but I have never seen any attempt to control the di [...]

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Recycling should be required in Cayman

Recycling should be required in Cayman

| 05/10/2017 | 27 Comments
I’m wondering why recycling is not mandatory in Cayman Islands. We all know garbage is a problem worldwide. But looking at “Mount Trashmore”, it’s huge here. In the past we had two garbage collections weekly, cut back to one now. Why doesn’t DEH replace the second colle [...]

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Concerned about pesticides sprayed in Cayman

Concerned about pesticides sprayed in Cayman

| 17/07/2017 | 4 Comments
I am concerned as to the safety of what the MRCU (Mosquito Research and Control Unit) are using when they spray to kill mosquitos and its impact on Cayman residents. I assume the liquid adulticides showing on their website are what is being sprayed from the plane. Their website shows two products [...]

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