Alerts

  • Revised Payroll Tax Return Forms for the fiscal year commencing 1 April 2017 are now available. The forms can be collected from the Government Cashiers on the Ground Floor of the Government Administration Building, Parliament Street or from the Office of the Tax Commissioner, 1st Floor FB Perry Building, 40 Church Street in Hamilton.

Alerts

  • The Ministry of the Environment advises Portuguese Man of War (PMOW) are present on Horseshoe Bay on the south shore. Take extreme care in or near the ocean when PMOW are present. PMOW can be identified by a blue-violet coloured, gas filled float on top of the water. Its long tentacles can be difficult to see below the water's surface and cause very painful stings. Do not touch a PMOW even if on shore as the tentacles remain venomous.

Garbage and recycling

West end residential waste is collected Mondays and Thursdays. This applies to all areas of Sandys, Southampton, Warwick and Paget Parishes, and Tee Street and Kent Avenue Devonshire.

East end residential waste is collected on Tuesdays and Fridays. This is for areas of St. George, Hamilton Parish, Smith's, Pembroke and Devonshire, excluding Tee Street and Kent Avenue.

Place garbage out in closed plastic bags, preferably in lidded bins, no later than 7:30 a.m. on your day of collection.  Please do not use paper bags and boxes. These fall apart creating waste and litter pollution.

Download the 2017 garbage and recycling collection schedule.

What can I put in my garbage?

Household waste goes into closed plastic bags, preferably in lidded bins, for curbside collection.

Household waste items include paper, cardboard, plastics and food waste.  These items are collected and brought to the Tynes Bay Waste to Energy facility, where they are converted to electricity to help power Bermuda.

You cannot place the following items into your garbage or recycling:

  • animal waste – must be flushed down the toilet or dried and wrapped in paper, placed in plastic bags, then dropped in the bin at Tynes Bay;
  • compact fluorescent lightbulbs or fluorescent tube lights – must be dropped off at Tynes Bay;
  • consumer electronics (cell phones, computers, etc.) – can be recycled at the Tynes Bay public drop off;
  • household batteries – can be disposed of at grocers, pharmacies, hardware stores, and service centres around Bermuda;
  • items containing mercury, such as thermometers, thermostats and switches;
  • vehicle batteries and motor oil – can be disposed of at service centres around Bermuda and at the Tynes Bay public drop off.

If you are unsure about correct disposal, refer to the What Goes Where? Chart for assistance.

What can I recycle?

Tin, aluminum, and glass can be recycled curbside every other week in blue bags.  Place out for collection according to 2017 garbage and recycling collection schedule.

Household batteries may be deposited in specially marked tubes at grocers, pharmacies, hardware stores and service stations island-wide.

Vehicle batteries and motor oil can be disposed of at service centres around Bermuda and at the Tynes Bay public drop off.

Recyclables are shipped to the United States where they are made into new consumer goods.

How do I dispose of bulky items?

You can dispose of bulky items at the Tynes Bay public drop off, located on Palmetto Road, Devonshire, which is open seven days a week.

Hours:

Monday-Friday:  9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Saturdays: 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Sundays: 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m,

Holidays:  9:00 a.m. until noon, but closed on Christmas Day.

This facility has designated disposal areas for bulky items, hazardous waste items, household waste, eWaste, recyclables and other waste items.  It is free and open to drivers of private cars and LP vehicles only.

Home composting

Organic waste—cooked or raw food and yard waste—can be composted in your own back yard. Waste goes in, compost comes out.

Backyard composters are available for purchase from Waste Management for $80.00. Call (441) 278-0563 or email recycle@gov.bm to purchase an Earth Machine brand compost bin.

Horticultural Waste

The Marsh Folly Composting facility accepts leaf and limb waste and provides compost.  This service is free service for drivers of private cars.

Hours:

Monday – Friday: 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Saturday: 7:30 a.m. until noon

Sunday: closed

Commercial drop-off is closed from noon until 1:00pm.

Telephone: 292-7454 or 292-1517

Fats, oils, and grease

Don’t pour cooking fats, oils, and grease into drains. The grease congeals and can cause issues in Bermuda’s sewer and wastewater systems.

Instead, let grease cool in the pan and then wipe when cool with a dry paper towel. Dispose of the paper towel with your regular garbage. Alternatively, pour hot grease into a container and then transfer the cooled grease to your regular garbage.

Where does my garbage and recycling go?

All household waste placed out for collection is taken to the Tynes Bay Waste to Energy Facility where it is incinerated to make energy for Bermuda.

Blue recycling bags are taken to the Material Recovery Facility (MRF) where items are sorted and then shipped to the US to be converted into new consumer items.

Special waste items such as paints, pesticides and other potentially harmful substances are  shipped to the United States for processing or disposal in USEPA regulated landfill facilities.

Illegal dumping and mishandled waste

Illegal dumping is a serious crime with human health implications.  Illegally dumped material can encourage mosquitoes and vermin which are disease vectors.  Clean-up costs can result in thousands of tax dollars and man-power hours per year which could be put to better use.  Under the Waste and Litter Control Act (2011) illegal dumping is punishable by fines of up to $10,000.

Mishandled waste, or putting waste out for collection on the wrong days, in inappropriate containers such as paper bags, or after trucks have already serviced an area results in waste and litter pollution which also has human health implications.  The Waste Education and Enforcement Officer works with neighborhoods to educate and help.

Report incidents of illegal dumping and mishandled waste to the Waste Education and Enforcement Officer on (441) 278-0563 or email recycle@gov.bm.​

Need waste and recycling bins for an event?

The Waste Management Section provides free waste and recycling bins for events.  Call (441) 278-0563 or email recycle@gov.bm to book.

Are you a commercial trucker?

Contact the Waste Management Section at (441) 278-0560 for commercial waste disposal guidelines and fees.

How to learn more about waste and recycling in Bermuda?

The Waste Management Section's Education and Enforcement Officer works with schools, businesses and Bermuda's environmental NGOs to provide hands-on learning experiences, waste audits, waste facility tours, lunch and learns and volunteer opportunities.

Call (441) 278-0563 or email recycle@gov.bm for further information.

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