DoEH chases old debt in wake of fee removal

| 18/09/2010

(CNS): Although the government has abolished individual homeowner garbage fees, the Department of Environmental Health says it is still trying to collect outstanding fees owed as well as from condo complexes and commercial premises that use commercial containers. The government abolished garbage fees in the wake of an increase in duty but the DoEH director said large apartment complexes and businesses required by law to have a commercial container still have to pay for the containers and their servicing. The director confirmed that commercial and larger residential properties will no longer be billed by square footage or by the number of units in the complex.

“However, individuals or businesses still in arrears for garbage fees from prior billing periods remain responsible for paying their outstanding fees. These customers will continue to be billed for overdue amounts until their accounts are settled,” the DoEH stated.
 
Commercial and residential property owners still required to pay garbage fees will continue to be billed in January and July each year. Customers are expected to pay their fees on time and can arrange payment plans with the DoEH. “The process of referring unpaid garbage fees to the Cayman Islands Government debt collection unit for recovery of overdue fees remains the same,” said DEH Director Roydell Carter, adding his thanks to people who have punctually paid their dues and those currently in the process of paying.
 
In order to prevent any delay with mailed invoices, the public is urged to contact DEH on 949-6696 to update their mailing addresses. Fees are billed in accordance with the Public Health (Garbage and Refuse Disposal) (Amendment) Regulations. Anyone querying garbage fees or otherwise needing information should contact the department, also on 949-6696.
 
Fees can be paid in cash, or by cheque at the Department of Environmental Health, at 580 North Sound Road. Between 8 am to 5 pm Monday to Friday or on the Sister Islands, at the District Administration Office. They can also be paid at any post office in Grand Cayman.
Customers can also mail payments to the Department of Environmental Health, P.O. Box 1820, Grand Cayman KY1-1109.
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  1. Anonymous says:

    more alice in wonderland stuff…… everyehere else in the developed world they are bringing recycling and pay per weight garbage collection…….zzzzzzz

  2. Anonymous says:

    When the politicians and the big business owners in the brac pay their garbage fees that they have never ever paid and they can prove to the brac public that these prominent persons have paid their debt in full then maybe they will stand a chance of collecting from the small man.

  3. Anonymous says:

    DOEH should try to negotiate with a public utility (CUC, WA) to collect the outstanding fees. Add or pro rate the garbage fee to the electricity or water bills.

  4. Anonymous says:

    So people in their million dollar homes get free garbage collection – fair enough they deserve it 🙂   I understand the DOEH need to collect fees which are owed but it works both ways.  We have been waiting for a dumpster that has a bottom to it for nearly a year.  "On the list" we are told.  Hmmmmm.

  5. Anonymous says:

     The importent question is, if they are cutting back from reseidence owners etc from paying for this service, where is the money gonna come from to pay for these workers, equipment and the list goes on. Thats the question!!!

  6. Anonymous says:

    So the bill I received recently and have since paid was a mistake?  I have no outstanding bills and don’t live in a condo or apartment.  I hope I can get my money back but I wont hold my breath!!!

  7. Anonymous says:

    So Mac in his big home pays nothing, but I in my little 1 bedroom condo have to pay? Nice!

    • Loopy Lou says:

      You want your garbage collection for free?  Did someone say "entitlement"?

      • Anonymous says:

        No – I am happy to pay – but people who have bigger homes should pay too.