Public pitch in for island clean-up

  • Members of the public clear the road in the wake of Hurricane Humberto in September (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

    Members of the public clear the road in the wake of Hurricane Humberto in September (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)


A garden waste clean-up by the public works ministry and a charity saw a massive 173 per cent increase in drop-offs, it has been revealed.

The horticultural waste effort organised by the ministry and Keep Bermuda Beautiful saw the number of truckloads collected jump from a Saturday average of 70 to 121.

A ministry spokesman said: “On December 14 there was an increase of 173 per cent, or 121 truckloads delivered, and a further 35 truckloads delivered the following day.”

The clean-up, held on December 14 and 15, was designed to help clear horticultural waste around the island.

Government waived dumping fees over the two days and waived trucking permits on December 15.

Zane DeSilva, the acting public works minister, said: “In all accounts, this clean-up effort was a resounding success, a win for the people of Bermuda and a final goodbye to the remnants of Hurricane Humberto.

“This was a community effort, and I thank all those involved for working together to get Bermuda clean.”

Mr DeSilva added: “Our island is known for its cleanliness, and we can now look forward to the start of 2020 with Bermuda looking its very best.”

Another cleanup is scheduled for January 11 and 12, with the focus on large household furniture and major appliances.

Dumping fees will again be waived over the two days and trucking permits will be waived on January 12. Items must be delivered to the Tynes Bay Incinerator between 7.30am and 4pm and to the airport dump between 7.30am and noon.

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Published Dec 28, 2019 at 8:00 am (Updated Dec 28, 2019 at 10:22 am)

Public pitch in for island clean-up

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