North side MLA Ezzard Miller told Cayman 27 he’s fed up with what he called mismanagement at the George Town landfill.
For the second time in as many weeks, he drove all the way from North Side with a load of junk, but was turned away because all the containers at the public drop off area were full. He said there’s no excuse.
“Now I come here, this is twice in a week, two weeks, I’ve come here and this is roped off,” grumbled Mr. Miller as he stood next to his red pickup truck at the dump’s public drop off area.
He said what should have been a simple run to the dump with a load of used appliances has turned into a huge headache, due to what he said is mismanagement at the Department of Environmental Health.
“This is the excuse they gave me last week, that the truck had gone out to pick up the goods in the other districts, that’s unacceptable. Empty these containers before they go out in the morning,” said Mr. Miller.
Adding to his frustration, he says getting someone in a position of authority with the DEH on the phone has been like pulling teeth.
During our interview, a DEH dispatcher contacted Mr. Miller by phone. Just a few minutes later, trucks were on scene making more room.
DEH Assistant Director of Solid Waste Mark Rowlands told Cayman 27 the bins are normally emptied in the morning before the landfill is open to the public, and then again at midday and in the evening. He admitted that Monday, the DEH dropped the ball.
Mr. Rowlands said DEH resources are stretched thin, especially with bulk waste collection happening this time of year.
Mr. Miller said the DEH needs to do better to facilitate the public utilising the landfill, rather than dumping trash willy-nilly.
“You’ve got to encourage the people and provide the facilities for the people to bring the garbage here, and not dump it on the side of the road or on someone else’s property,” said Mr. Miller.
DEH staff were allowing vehicles to drive into the landfill to dump their trash while the containers were full. Mr. Miller said the public shouldn’t have to get their cars dirty just to drop off trash.