a new era of environmental care and responsibility
Bermuda faces unique problems in waste management.
It is the third most densely populated place on earth, with an
estimated resident population of 68,500, in its 20.75 square miles
or 3,301 permanent residents per square mile. In
terms of population per square miles, this is exceeded only by
Monaco with 15,921 and Singapore with 6,891 persons. To
aggravate the problem of population density, Bermuda generates
more rubbish per capita than most industrialized nations, including
In the twice weekly curbside collection householders
are urged to pre-sort items destined for incineration at Tynes
Bay into burnable household waste, and cans and bottles earmarked
for recycling. The recyclables are to be put in separate, clear
A new recycling plant was opened in April, 2007.
It will deal with glass, aluminum, and tin and has the capacity
to recycle other materials. TAG is the
message for Bermudians and stands for Tin, Aluminum and Glass.
Residents are urged to TAG their waste following the official
opening of the Island’s Recycling Center which will have
a key role in helping Government to attain its goal of doubling
recyclable processing from 25 to 50 tons a week by 2008. The facility
is capable of processing 25 tons of tin, aluminum and glass in
just one day.
At left are images of a full bunker (top),
the result of having one of the two streams down for maintenance
for only a few weeks. Also pictured is the
location of the Hazardous Waste Disposal
site at Tynes Bay which is offered to the public every 4 months.
The Public Drop-off
is another location where the private individual can deposit their
refuse and recyclables. The Public Drop-off is open every day
of the year from 7 AM to 7 PM.
Below is a drawing of an Eco-Cycle
showing the path of goods coming into the country becoming waste.
With RE-USE (re-use it centers, residential re-use
of items, recycling of clothing, etc), RECYCLING,
and COMPOSTING, Bermuda`s waste can be greatly