Litter is waste out of place; by reducing, reusing and recycling things destined for the bin we can make sure it ends up in the right place and we keep our community green.
Here are nine easy tips for reducing and preventing litter in the Cayman Islands:
1. If You See Fly TIPPING, Report it
In the Cayman Islands, you can report littering and illegal dumpsites to the Department of Environmental Health. Illegal dumping, also known as fly tipping, is dangerous because it can damage the environment. Various chemicals and non-biodegradable materials can enter the waterways and through food chain end up in the ecosystem. It can also damage property value.
2. Keep a bin bag in your car and dispose of it correctly.
If you keep a bin bag in your car or with you, you can collect rubbish when you see it. Remember, some plastics can be recycled in the Cayman Islands so you can always place these in recycling receptacles at local supermarkets. These are taken for sorting on-island and then shipped off-island for recycling. To learn more about what plastics can be recycled in the Cayman Islands visit the Department of Environmental Health.
3. Use reusable water bottles
Reusable water bottles save on waste, and we know that water is crucial if you’re enjoying the outdoors with family or friends.
4. Secure Your Bins
Make sure your rubbish bins are in an enclosure and/or have tight-fitting lids, this helps to keep them secure from animals and in turn ensures that rodents do not live near your property.
5. Show Your Friends & Neighbours
By sharing with tips and tricks others everyone can understand the proper way to dispose of rubbish and better ways to re-use or recycle it.
6. Organise Your Community
Encourage your neighbours, community groups, co-workers or family to join you in an area cleanup.
7. Collect litter when diving
Our oceans can be full of debris. On your next diving trip, take a dive bag and collect what you find for disposal. In doing this, we can keep our oceans and beaches free from litter.
8. Solo Beach Cleanup
Beach cleanups don’t have to be large events. When you're enjoying a day at the beach, collect any litter and only leave footprints behind.
9. Work together
Every day, we can all do something to prevent litter and preserve the beauty and cleanliness of our Islands.
Want to learn more about a safer cleaner greener future in the Cayman Islands? Read more on our website.