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Littering -- an ongoing problem

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Littering is an ongoing problem here in the Cayman Islands. The evidence can be seen along roadways, in empty lots, in parks and residential neighbourhoods.

An unsightly blemish, litter mars the beauty of surroundings but it can also be a health and safety hazard and pose a real threat to wildlife.

Most locally-deposited litter comprises fast food containers, plastic bottles and bags and glass beer bottles. Frequently adding to the litter problem are those who throw garbage from moving vehicles.

Landscape company staffers likewise frequently compound the issue by blowing gardening waste onto the streets rather than collecting and bagging it.

The Department of Environmental Health (DEH) has a litter collection team that cleans up central George Town daily and tackles public roads on a monthly basis, throughout the districts. Despite their efforts, littering remains a big problem.

"It is everyone's responsibility to keep the environment clean," said DEH Director Roydell Carter. "We are therefore asking the public's cooperation in keeping our country clean."

Everyone can do their part-and that includes reporting littering to the police. Under the Litter Law, convictions can result in $500 fines, and/or imprisonment.

For more information, please contact DEH at 949-6696.

For further information contact: Susan Watler