Plastics coded with the numbers 1 or 2 can be recycled in the Cayman Islands. These plastics can either be taken to the recycling depots at any of the supermarkets, or companies such as JUNK offer a household collection service. Increasingly, many offices and some public spaces provide separate bins for recycling.
Plastics 1 and 2 are sorted and baled by the Cayman Islands Department of Environmental Health at the recycling facility at the George Town Landfill, before being shipped to Florida to be recycled.
Plastics are typically coded, with a number “1” through “7” stamped in a triangle somewhere on the plastic.
Although Plastics 3-7 are not being collected in the recycling program in the Cayman Islands, in the future these materials, which have a high heating value, will be treated at the new waste-to-energy facility, where they will burn cleanly. Once the integrated solid waste management facilities are complete in 2021, the Cayman Islands will have the opportunity to recover energy from products that previously were only disposed in the landfill.