The Environmental Health Department work to protect public health, safety and the well being of our communities and environment from the impacts of waste management throughout the Turks and Caicos Islands by:
- Monitoring/Managing all waste disposal sites thorough inspection, enforcement, complaint response and education.
- Monitoring/Managing refuse collection companies
- Ensuring quick response to complaints received regarding refuse collections, illegal dumping and solid waste disposal sites.
- Promoting inter-agency cooperation with all entities involved in waste management and disposal.
- Preventing diseases carried by rats, mosquitoes and other vectors.
Solid waste refers to material such as household garbage (includes recycling) food wastes, yard wastes, and demolition or construction debris. It also includes discarded items like household appliances, furniture, scrap metal, machinery, car parts and abandoned or junk vehicles.
It is illegal to dump, burn or bury solid waste on your own property or anywhere else. The TCI Environmental Health Department is actively investigating all illegal dumps and issuing tickets with fines from $150 for first offense. With garbage pickup twice weekly there is no excuse for illegal dumping or burning.