‘Illegal Dumping Is Considered An Offence’

April 1, 2020

Due to people “illegally dumping waste in our parks and beaches,” the Ministry of Public Works issued a reminder that illegal dumping is “considered an offence under the Waste and Litter Control Act 1987.”

A Government spokesperson said, “The Ministry of Public Works’ Department of Parks wishes to remind the public that illegal dumping is considered an offence under the Waste and Litter Control Act 1987 and its amendments.

“This reminder comes after the Ministry recently discovered that members of the public are illegally dumping waste in our parks and beaches.

“Persons who might have information to identify offenders committing the aforementioned acts are encouraged to contact the Department of Parks at 236-5902 or parksdept@gov.bm.

“Polluters that commit an offence under the Waste and Litter Control Act 1987 and its amendments are subject to prosecution with a first summary conviction carrying up to a $5,000 fine, and up to a $10,000 fine for subsequent convictions.

“In light of the current pandemic and government’s efforts to prevent the spread of Covid-19 which include using proper personal hygiene and sanitary practices, the Ministry of Public Works asks the public to responsibly dispose of your waste and be considerate of those in our community who work to keep Bermuda clean and beautiful.

“For questions or concerns about Covid-19, please call the helpline at 444 2498, available 9:00 am to 9:00 pm daily.

“For more information, the Ministry of Health has provided the public with accurate, reliable information regarding Covid-19 here.”

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  1. Disgusted says:

    Anyone who does this doesn’t deserve to live in Bermuda. They should be shipped off to Jamaica.

    • Mark says:

      Jamaica don’t need our trashy people.

    • Kim Smith says:

      The second part of your comment is totally uncalled-for. You should have stopped at “Anyone who does this doesn’t deserve to live in Bermuda.”

  2. Joe Bloggs says:

    What is it called when Government stops collecting trash with no warning or explanation?

    My recyclables have only been collected twice this year (once in January and once in February) and no trash where I live has been collected in over a week.

  3. Triangle Drifter says:

    Sorry, but when was the last time anyone was prosecuted for littering or dumping? What was the penalty?

  4. David says:

    Pretty sure illegal striking is also considered an offense

  5. Kim Smith says:

    Illegal dumping IS an offence… full stop! It will be a positive step when Bermuda begins to ENFORCE the penalties because I don’t believe they ever have.

  6. Wate Dump says:

    Do you think the Waste Management of Bermuda will take anyone to court its all a joke. Prosecutions are not interested and the Govt Department responsible spend too much time running around the problem.