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Consultation begins on Solid Waste Management Policy

The public will have an opportunity to provide feedback on a draft National Solid Waste Management Policy for the Cayman Islands beginning next week.

During the consultation period of 16 June-15 July 2015 the public will be able to offer input that may impact the direction of future waste management options, as the process of developing an integrated solid waste management system for the country continues.

The Health Ministry's solid waste management consultants AMEC Foster Wheeler worked with the Integrated Solid Waste Management System (ISWMS) Steering Committee to produce the draft policy. It outlines a vision for solid waste management, values that will guide public sector work in this field, as well as strategic directions and corresponding objectives.

Accordingly while the vision calls for "integrated, sustainable and effective waste management for the Cayman Islands", the values stipulate that this must take place in the context of a waste management hierarchy that prioritises reduction, reuse, recycling and recovery, and views disposal as a last resort.

Collaborations and partnerships with multiple sectors are another key area of focus as is the importance of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Policy contributors also stress the importance of personal responsibility in ensuring sustainable waste management, and assert that waste producers should bear the cost of waste management.

The strategic directions section of the document elaborates on these requirements, but also points to the importance of protecting human health.

Urging members of the public to make their voices heard during the consultation period, the Premier and Minister of Health Hon. Alden McLaughlin said the policy is based in part on the premise that for change to be successful, individuals must take ownership of their role in the waste management process.

"Accordingly my Ministry will be working to broaden the understanding of sustainable waste management issues and practices throughout the entire Cayman Islands community," Mr. McLaughlin said.

Interested persons may visit to review the policy, and an accompanying update document that provides a progress report on consultants' work undertaken thus far. Hard copies can be reviewed at the following locations:

  1. Government Office Building, Elgin Avenue, George Town
  2. Department of Environmental Health, 580 North Sound Road, George Town.

Comments on the Draft NSWMP for the Cayman Islands and ISWMS Update may be submitted:

  1. Electronically via e-mail to Sheila Alvarez.
  2. Mailed to Ministry of Health & Culture, P.O. Box 111, Grand Cayman KY1-9000, or
  3. Hand delivered to Ministry of Health & Culture, Government Administration Building, 133 Elgin Avenue, George Town, Grand Cayman.

The Ministry is asking members of the public to submit their comments on the National Solid Waste Management Policy by Wednesday, 15 July, 2015.


For further information contact: Suzette Ebanks