Garbage and recycling

Once a week Garbage Collection Routes:

  • Monday: All of Sandys Parish. Southampton Parish west up to and including Lighthouse Road from Middle Road to South Road.
  • Tuesday: Southampton Parish east of Lighthouse Road. All of Warwick Parish. Paget west up to and including Chapel Road, S Hill and Southcote Road. 
  • Wednesday: Paget Parish east of Chapel Road, from, but not including S Hill and Southcote Road, and up to and including T-Street and Kent Avenue, Devonshire Parish. East Broadway. Cavendish Road. Pembroke Parish west of Blackwatch Pass.
  • Thursday: Pembroke Parish east of Blackwatch Pass. Devonshire Parish east of T-Street. All of Smith’s Parish except the area east of Devil’s Hole Hill. 
  • Friday: Smith’s Parish east of Devil’s Hole Hill. All of Hamilton and St. George’s parishes except the old towne.

Questions regarding garbage collection days should be directed to the Marsh Folly Collections Department – 292-1517.

For questions regarding recycling collection email recycle@gov.bm or call 501- 3043.

How to put out household garbage:

To reduce the incidence of feral animals, and disease vectors such as rats and mosquitoes, put household waste in sealed plastic bags inside lidded bins. Place out for collection on your scheduled day only.

TIP! To help prevent rodents, freeze food waste and place out with other garbage on day of collection only!

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 – cat and dog faeces must be either flushed down the toilet or dried, wrapped in paper, placed in plastic bags andthen dropped in the bin at Tynes Bay. Farm-animal waste may be taken to the Marsh Folly Composting Facility;
  • compact fluorescent lightbulbs or fluorescent tube lights – must be dropped off at Tynes Bay;
  • consumer electronics (cell phones, computers, etc.) – can be recycled at cell phone providers island-wide;
  • household batteries – can be disposed of at grocers, pharmacies, hardware stores, service centres around Bermuda, and at the Tynes Bay Public Drop Off;
  • items containing mercury, such as thermometers, thermostats and switches can be disposed of at the Tynes Bay Public Drop-Off;
  • 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?

Bermuda’s TAG blue or clear bag recycling system accepts tin cans (steel), aluminium cans and glass bottles which are collected curb-side every other week.

Tin and aluminium are shipped to the USA where they are melted down into sheet metal and used to make new packaging or consumer goods.

Glass is reused on-island as a drainage medium on golf-courses, landscaping projects, and large construction projects.

Household batteries may be deposited in specially marked tubes at grocers, pharmacies, hardware stores and service stations island-wide.  These are shipped off island for either recycling or disposal depending on type.

Vehicle batteries and motor oil can be disposed of at service centres around Bermuda and at the Tyns Bay Public Drop-Off.  These are shipped off-island for either recycling or disposal depending on type. eWaste is shipped off island for de-manufacture, sorting and conversion into new consumer goods.  Call 501-3043 for drop-off location information.

TAG Recycing Zones:

Collected every other week on Thursday in the west and Friday in the east.  TAG (Tin, Aluminium, Glass) recycling. Rinse, place in blue bin, or clear or blue recycling bags and put out for collection every other week per calendar. To report missed collections call 501-3043, or email recycle@gov.bm. Join www.facebook.com/recyclebermuda.

West: All areas of Sandys, Southampton, Warwick and Paget parishes and the following areas of Devonshire: Tee Street and Kent Avenue. 

East: All areas of St. George’s, Hamilton, Smith’s, Pembroke and Devonshire parishes – not including Tee Street and Kent Avenue.

TAG Recycing Collection Dates:

January Recycling collection dates:
West: Thursday 3, 17, 31
East: Friday 4, 18
 
February Recycling collection dates:
West: Thursday 14, 28
East: Friday 1, 15
 
March Recycling collection dates:
West: Thursday 14, 28
East: Friday 1, 15, 29

April 2020 Recycling collection dates:
West: Thursday 9, 23
East: Saturday 11, Friday 24

May 2020 Recycling collection dates:
West: Thursday 7, 21
East: Friday 8, 22

June 2020 Recycling collection dates:
West: Thursday 4, 18
East: Friday 5, 19

July 2020 Recycling collection dates:
West: Thursday 2, 16, 29
East: Friday 3, 17

August 2020 Recycling collection dates:
West: Thursday 13, 27
East: Saturday 1, Friday 14, 28

September 2020 Recycling collection dates:
West: Thursday 10, 24
East: Friday 11, 25

October 2020 Recycling collection dates:
West: Thursday 8, 22
East: Friday 9, 23

November 2020 Recycling collection dates:
West: Thursday 5, 19
East: Friday 6, 20

December 2020 Recycling collection dates:
West: Thursday 3, 17, 31
East: Friday 4, 18

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How do I dispose of bulky items?

You may 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:  7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

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

Sundays: 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m,

Holidays:  9:00 a.m. until noon.

Christmas Day: closed.

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 for drivers of private cars. A fee applies to truckers.

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?

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

Recyclables, in either blue or clear bags, are taken to the Material Recovery Facility (MRF) where items are mechanically sorted by type.  Metals are shipped to the USA to be converted into new consumer items.  Glass is reused here in Bermuda.

Special Waste items such as paints, pesticides and other potentially harmful substances, once dropped off at the Tynes Bay Public Drop-Off, are taken to the Sally Port Special Waste Facility for sorting.  From there they are shipped to the USA for processing or disposal in USEPA environmentally 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 neighbourhoods 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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