Thursday 24 September, 2020

DEH undertakes neighbourhood clean-up projects after lockdown

A before shot before the clean up

A before shot before the clean up

The Department of Environmental Health (DEH) has gone to great lengths since lockdown to clean up unsightly areas of debris.

When piles of trash, debris, old household chemicals or paint, furniture, and other items are left on empty lots, on the street-side or other places, it can be a nuisance to an entire neighborhood. This illegal dumping can also create many health and safety problems, such as rats and insects that can spread diseases to humans.

The Department of Environmental Health teams' long hours, early starting times and responsiveness to community requests, in its dedicated efforts to beautify the island’s communities and keep them healthy and safe has not gone unnoticed, with comments of appreciation such as, “The North Sound Gardens community was very appreciative for the dumpsters and the clean-up initiative went very well."

George Shomari Solomon, Bodden Town Community Safety Officer brought Subway platters for the team as a small token of appreciation.

Ms Dorline Welcome, Community Development Officer, Department of Children and Family Services said, “I am excited to express the gratitude shared by our seniors in Central Scranton. They were so thankful to DEH for the cleaning of their neighborhood.”

Department of Environmental Health Director, Mr Richard Simms, said, “It is important to remember that we must all do our part to protect the environment. Clean air, water, soil and green spaces greatly enhance the quality of our lives as well as reduces mortality and morbidity. During the pandemic we all have received another important lesson in how important it is to take care of our environment. I am proud of our DEH staff who have worked tremendously hard to ensure the Cayman Islands reaps the benefits of a healthy environment”.

The Department of Environmental Health (DEH) reminds the public that there is also a fine of up to $500 or six months imprisonment for littering.

To find out more about how to get rid of unwanted household items and how to report illegal dumping in the community please visit www.deh.gov.ky.

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