Tag: Department of Environmental Health

Does DEH test for H2S at landfill?

Does DEH test for H2S at landfill?

| 05/09/2019 | 2 Comments

Does the Department of Environmental Health (DEH) regularly test for carbons or hydrogen sulphide at the landfill? I read an article that children should not be within 5km of a landfill due to toxic pollutants in the air which is of great concern.   Auntie’s answer: First of all, hydrogen sulphide (H2S) smells like rotten eggs, […]

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Are there rules for leaving garbage out?

Are there rules for leaving garbage out?

| 03/09/2019 | 7 Comments

I have noticed a few things when the garbage trucks come in the morning to pick up the trash in my neighbourhood. If the trash bins are not outside the enclosure, they don’t bother emptying them and if they do, they don’t put them back where they belong and instead just leave them lying around by […]

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Is flesh-eating disease a concern here?

Is flesh-eating disease a concern here?

| 23/07/2019 | 22 Comments

We are hearing numerous reports of people getting infected by the bacteria causing necrotising fasciitis (known as the flesh-eating disease) in the warm coastal waters of the US. Grateful if you could tell us what the DoE, DEH and government health officials are doing to regularly check the bacteria counts in our much-used coastal waters. […]

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How can I complain about truck noise?

How can I complain about truck noise?

| 03/06/2019 | 10 Comments

I live near the entrance of a quarry, and the amount of noise of the trucks make is quite amazing. I’ve been told that many of them have been intentionally modified to make them louder, as well as their culture of greeting one another with horn blasts, and using jake brakes. Is there anything that […]

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How do we know that Cayman’s waters are safe?

How do we know that Cayman’s waters are safe?

| 07/05/2019 | 16 Comments

I was disturbed to read a recently published article which said high levels of faecal bacteria were found in water at public beaches in East End and North Side in October 2018. The report also said that the Department of Environmental Health (DEH) does not have the necessary staff or equipment available to regularly test […]

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Modified garbage collection services for Easter

Modified garbage collection services for Easter

| 17/04/2019 | 0 Comments

The Department of Environmental Health (DEH) advises the public that there will be no garbage collection on Good Friday, 19 April 2019. The department will also close all its offices as well as landfills in Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman to the public at that time. The 24-hour drop off site at the […]

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Camping Safety Tips

Camping Safety Tips

| 17/04/2019 | 0 Comments

With Easter only a few days away, and camping activities now being planned in earnest, the Department of Environmental Health (DEH) reminds campers of the following safety tips: Observe Food Safety While the outdoor condition at this time of year is ideal for camping, it also readily facilitates bacterial growth. The DEH urges campers to […]

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Measuring recyclables shipped overseas

Measuring recyclables shipped overseas

| 28/02/2019 | 1 Comment

What are the units for the recyclables shipped from Cayman, ie per tonne, cubic foot or something else? Auntie’s answer: This question arose from a reader’s comment to a previous column on recycling (see Where do Cayman’s recyclables wind up?) which explained where goods such as plastics, cardboard and aluminium cans are shipped and how […]

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Why can’t we recycle all plastics?

Why can’t we recycle all plastics?

| 20/02/2019 | 4 Comments

I attempt to recycle everything I can and even make product choices based on packaging. My question is, since all the recyclables are shipped off island for processing anyway, why are we only recycling types 1 and 2 of plastic through the DoE? Surely it would be to Cayman’s benefit to send everything we can […]

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Separated recycled items mixed during collection

Separated recycled items mixed during collection

| 14/02/2019 | 11 Comments

I was dropping off some recycling at Kirk Market when I saw that all recycling containers are dumped into the same truck. Why do we need to sort recycling if that’s the case? Couldn’t we have one big recycling bin instead? Auntie’s answer: This is a very timely question as the Department of Environmental Health […]

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