(CMR) The Department of Environmental Health (DEH) is advising the public that glass will no longer be accepted in any of its recycling depots following a stakeholder's decision to discontinue the processing of this material.
“We collect the glass deposited in our depots by residents and transported this material to our stakeholder's glass crushing facility. Over the years, we have worked in partnership with DART in the processing of glass for recycling. We want to express our gratitude to this stakeholder as we seek alternative arrangements to the recycling of glass. The DEH currently doesn't have the facilities to carry out this processing,” explained the DEH Director, Mr. Richard Simms.
As a result, the DEH recycling program will no longer accept glass for recycling. Glass will have to be disposed of instead of crushed for reuse. The public is advised to incorporate these materials in their regular garbage for collection until further notice.
DART has explained that after a decade of continuous use, the glass crusher is nearing the end of its reproductive life. Due to safety concerns, the decision was taken to cease the operation, which has diverted thousands of glass from landfill over the last 10 years.
“We are currently exploring ways in which short-term operations can resume while long-term, larger glass recycling options are integrated into ReGen, the Cayman Islands Government's National Solid Waste Management Strategy,” DART said.
For additional information, please contact the DEH at 949-6696, email at [email protected], or visit the DEH's website at www.deh.gov.ky or message their Facebook page at https://bit.ly/3LEK55q.