Tag: Department of Environmental Health

Parting ways with your Christmas tree

Parting ways with your Christmas tree

| 10/01/2019 | 0 Comments

If you do not place your Christmas tree in one of the bins that the Department of Environmental Health (DEH) has put out by their deadline, what are the options for dealing with the tree? Auntie’s answer: While I can’t really take issue with the 18 January cut-off date to drop off your Christmas tree, […]

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Recycling time for Christmas trees

Recycling time for Christmas trees

| 08/01/2019 | 1 Comment

(CNS Local Life): There is still time for Cayman Islands residents to take part in the Christmas tree recycling programme organised every year by the Department of Environmental Health (DEH). The programme aims to reduce the amount of waste entering the George Town landfill by recycling natural Christmas trees into mulch.

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Used cars an unsightly part of West Bay Road

Used cars an unsightly part of West Bay Road

| 06/01/2019 | 3 Comments

I know this question has come up before, but why can’t the National Roads Authority properly police the parking of “For Sale” vehicles opposite Queen’s Court? Every day I pass this collection of cars and realtors’ “For Sale” signs assembled alongside one of Cayman’s most prominent tourist roadways. What a mess.

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Is pollution monitored in Cayman?

Is pollution monitored in Cayman?

| 06/12/2018 | 5 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 necessitated input from […]

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Upset about Sunday construction noise

Upset about Sunday construction noise

| 20/11/2018 | 2 Comments

I wonder if you could shed some light on construction on Sundays. There is a new apartment complex being built next to two existing complexes and we expect noise from the site during the week, but we are extremely disturbed that during the weekends, on both Saturdays and Sundays work continues.  From 8am until about […]

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What ingredients are in local packaged foods?

What ingredients are in local packaged foods?

| 14/11/2018 | 4 Comments

Almost all locally made packaged food products sold in the supermarkets, whether baked goods, ice cream, sauces, etc., do not carry any ingredients list on them. This goes for products bought by the supermarkets (e.g. bulla, ice cream) and for products made by the supermarkets (e.g. bread). I’d love to support local, but I also don’t […]

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Clearing out bulk items for the holidays

Clearing out bulk items for the holidays

| 08/11/2018 | 0 Comments

Will there be a bulk waste collection for all districts this year before the holiday season? Auntie’s answer: Yes, the Department of Environmental Health (DEH) will once again be offering free collection of bulk waste items on Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman ahead of the holidays. Here is the DEH calendar which provides […]

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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 official explained that the Sister Islands have […]

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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 out why not? They may be small, but both islands appear […]

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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 investigative research and let us know what happens to […]

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DEH urges food safety

DEH urges food safety

| 26/09/2018 | 0 Comments

(CNS Local Life): As World Environmental Health Day was commemorated Wednesday, 26 September, the related department in Cayman called on the public to take the necessary precautions to protect themselves and their loved ones from food-borne illness. In keeping with the theme for the day, “Global Food Safety & Sustainability”, the Department of Environmental Health […]

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Waiting for approval of cemetery vault

Waiting for approval of cemetery vault

| 05/09/2018 | 1 Comment

I have been trying for several months to get permission from the Department of Environmental Health (DEH) to build a vault in a private family plot in a public cemetery. My request keeps getting passed from one officer to another without a decision being made. Would you be able to find out how questions such are […]

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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 solid waste incineration units: residential solid waste; hospital, medical and infectious solid waste; commercial and industrial solid […]

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What to do with mouldy books?

What to do with mouldy books?

| 28/08/2018 | 1 Comment

I have a number (lots!) of books which are showing early signs of mould. Thus, I don’t think it’s fair to bring them to the Humane Society book loft, NCVO, etc as they could infect others. They will probably fill my trunk, so throwing out one/week into the garbage isn’t a viable solution. Is there […]

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DEH holds Legionnaires’ disease workshop

DEH holds Legionnaires’ disease workshop

| 19/08/2018 | 2 Comments

(CNS Local Life): Last month 18 environmental health professionals from the Department of Environmental Health (DEH) and Water Authority-Cayman took part in a two-day training session on “Legionellosis: Risk Management for Building Water Systems”. The DEH Laboratory organised the session, held 16-17 July at the University College of the Cayman Islands. Ruth Otero and Armando […]

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