Go Green, Keep Cayman Clean

Go Green, Keep Cayman Clean

Kirk Market in collaboration with the Department of Environmental Health (DEH), is now a recycling drop off location.

Blue recycling bins are located at the parking lot adjacent to the Kirk Market store entrance and are clearly labeled to accept only plastic (type 1 & 2 only), glass and aluminium. Junk will be collecting here  twice a week for your convenience.

Accepted Recyclable Items

1. Glass – The most common and easily recycled type of glass is container glass: bottles and jars. Other glass products, such as Pyrex bowls and window glass, each are made from different chemical formulas. While technically recyclable, the different types can’t be commingled in recycling. Glass bottles should be placed in glass recycling containers – carefully.

  • Discard lids to glass containers.
  • Rinse or wash containers.
  • Labels and neckbands are okay.
  • Place in bin marked “Glass”.

2. Plastic – The most common and easily recycled plastic is beverage containers. We only accept #1 PET (polyethylene tri-chloride, soda/water bottles) and #2 HDPE (high-density polyethylene, milk jugs) type plastics. #3,4,5,6, etc. are made from different chemical formulas and the different types can’t be mixed in recycling with the #1 and #2 plastic. Look for the plastic number code in the triangle embossed on containers. Number 1 and 2 plastics also include all bottles, such as beverage, detergent, shampoo, vitamin; and some other container types as well. More information on plastic numeric codes.

Procedure for Recycling Plastic:

  • Discard lids to plastic containers.
  • Rinse or wash containers.
  • Labels and neckbands are okay.
  • Place in bin marked “Plastic”.

3. Aluminum – Aluminum beverage cans are the most common recycled type
of aluminum metal.

Procedures for Recycling Aluminium : 

  • Empty contents.
  • Rinse to prevent attracting insects.
  • Crush to save space.
  • Place in bin marked “Aluminum”. 

Recycling-Tips

Recycling is good for the environment

It takes less energy to create new items from recycled materials than it does to create new products from raw materials. Mining minerals and cutting trees for paper requires vast amounts of energy. Recycling allows us to reuse materials many times to conserve natural resources while creating the products we use in our everyday lives.

Recycling is good for our community

Extracting materials from mines or forests is done far from the place where goods are consumed; however recycling starts in your own home. Gathering recyclables and reprocessing them into feedstock for future products is done locally by people who live, work, and spend money in their own communities.

Recycling reduces pollution

Burning garbage or throwing waste into landfills produces byproducts that pollute the environment. Runoff from landfills and metals like mercury find their way into streams, rivers and oceans, fish, and eventually into human beings, harming our health.

What happens to the recyclable products?

The glass bottles are sent to a local recycling facility to be crushed and then used to make decorative pavers. The plastics (type 1 & 2 only) along with the aluminum cans are crushed as tight as possible, and when a certain amount is reached it is shipped via container to Florida where it is then recycled.