Easter long weekend bonfires to be approved; campsites must be cleaned | Loop Cayman Islands

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Camping on the beach over Easter long weekend is a tradition in the Cayman Islands but, with Easter only 3 weeks away, campers are reminded to get their bonfires approved and to clean up afterwards.

The Department of Environmental Health (DEH) is reminding campers that all applications for bonfires permits are to be submitted to the Public Lands Commissions (PLC) for consideration.

Following the passing of the Public Lands Regulations 2021, the authority to issue bonfires permits was transferred to the Public Lands Commissions (PLC). Therefore, the Department of Environmental Health (DEH) will no longer process these requests. Applications should be directed to: The Secretary, Public Lands Commission via email at[email protected].

Clean up

As the public packs up their camping sites, everyone is reminded that littering is not only unsightly but it is illegal and offenders can be prosecuted. Litter is often seen in our communities; however, it is often most noticeable on beaches and picnic spots, after the Easter holiday campers and other visitors have left.

Litter such as fishing lines and plastics left on the beaches can pose a threat to wildlife when washed into the sea, while litter left on land can serve as a harbourage for rodents and other pests. Broken bottles and sharp objects are also a danger to others.

All waste should be properly secured and left in a visible area/ or the curb side for collection by the DEH crew or placed in one of several large commercial containers placed throughout the districts (see below).

No waste should be left on the beaches, the campsites or disposed of in the sea or vegetation. The public is also asked to use separate receptacles – either garbage bags marked with a permanent marker indicating the recyclable product inside, or, bins marked to take in recyclable products – to make every effort to recycle whilst camping.

Members of the public are then asked to take these bags / bins and discard of the bags or the contents of the bins to DEH receptacles (for aluminium cans). By recycling camping waste, a large portion of the waste stream can be diverted from the landfill.

Additional garbage containers are available at Easter camping locations across Grand Cayman.

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