Recycling Tips

Here are some of the recyclable items collected by the recycling agents:

  • Plastic bottles & Containers – remove the caps and place them in a separate bag.
  • Cans – remove the labels and rinse them out.
  • Glass bottles & containers – remove tops and put with cans. Rinse them out.
  • Paper products – newspaper, cardboard, magazines, junk mail, phone books, office paper, shredded paper, etc.
  • Automotive Batteries
  • Electronics

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What You Can Do To Prevent Litter

If an area is littered it attracts more litter than if it is clean, so please do not litter. People who litter do so because they feel that someone will pick up after them, but this is often not the case as there are not enough sanitation workers to keep the entire island clean. People who litter often feel no sense of ownership, but Barbados is our country and we should feel ownership of all public areas.

Everyone must accept responsibility for his or her actions or habits, and influence the actions of others around them at home, work, school, and in the community. Please do the following to help prevent litter:


  • Set an example for others, especially family, co-workers, friends, and children by not littering.
  • Ask friends, family and co-workers not to litter.
  • If you see litter, pick it up.
  • Volunteer and clean up litter in your community e.g. organize clean ups or participate in Clean Up Barbados and Clean Bim clean ups.


  • Never throw any litter out of vehicle windows.
  • Carry and use a litter bag in your vehicle.
  • Use a car ashtray or a portable ashtray to dispose of cigarette butts.
  • If you drive an open back vehicle cover the back with a tarpaulin or a truck net.


  • Make sure that you have a garbage can, preferably with a cover.
  • Try not to put out garbage long before the scheduled pick up date.
  • If dogs burst open garbage bags please pick up the garbage.

Government Officials

  • Enforce litter laws.
  • Place litter bins along streets, in parks and at beaches.
  • Educate citizens about their individual responsibility for proper waste disposal.
  • Provide litter bags for all government-owned vehicles and provide tarpaulins or truck nets for any open back vehicles.

Business Owners

  • Provide garbage receptacles and litter bins at entrances, exits, loading docks, lunch areas and in parking lots at your business.
  • Assure easy access to skips by employees and contractors and ideally use one with a lockable lid. This prevents scavengers from spreading garbage on the ground.
  • Cover all open loads on trucks leaving your business with tarpaulins or truck nets. Encourage vendors and contractors to do the same.
  • Educate your employees about the importance of individual responsibility for a clean working environment.

Community Leaders

  • Use information from the Future Centre Trust to start educational programmes in your community that address community improvement through litter prevention and recycling.
  • Get garbage bins for your community.
  • Organize community clean ups.

Event Organizers

  • Make your events “litter free" from the initial planning stages.
  • Give out garbage bags at the entrances of your events and make sure everyone knows that your events are “litter free". If there is an MC he or she should remind the crowd of this during the events.
  • Place large garbage and recycling receptacles near food venues and eating areas. A large event with a large number of patrons needs several large receptacles.
  • Place volunteers to help attendees find the receptacles as they need them, to reduce clean up, while educating people about recycling and proper waste disposal.