DEH boss sets rules for old car dumping

CI Fire Department tackles landfill fire in scrap yard (file photo)

(CNS): The Department of Environmental Health has resumed receipt of scrap metal and abandoned vehicles and equipment at the George Town landfill. However, DEH Director Richard Simms urges people to follow the rules before throwing away their abandoned vehicles and other metals to avoid potential fire hazards.

He said abandoned vehicles, such as cars and small trucks or trailers, should be left separate from other garbage with no other garbage inside. No container containing materials classified as flammable may be stored in abandoned vehicles and batteries must be removed. All fuels, lubricating fluids and other flammable materials and gases must be drained.

Self-contained fuel tanks, as well as those of boats, cars, vehicles and heavy equipment, should be vented or opened to the atmosphere to allow flammable vapors to dissipate over a 24 hour period.

Lightweight scrap should be sorted before it arrives on site and should be free of wood, plastic and other wastes and contamination to the extent possible. Oversized metal objects, vehicles, equipment or structures, such as heavy construction equipment, shipping containers, storage tanks, and steel beams, should be cut to dimensions no more than 5 feet by 3 feet.

Household appliances and other electrical devices should also be kept separate from other materials. Batteries should be separated and disposed of at landfill for all types, while small batteries are accepted in all supermarkets. Gas cylinders of all types should be secured by removal from headworks or the safe release of gas by other means, and then separated from other materials.

All separated mixed waste can be disposed of in the landfill as usual. If material is dumped at the site and the load is found not to meet the criteria, removal of these items and proper disposal at the site is mandatory.

“It’s business as usual at the George Town landfill,” Simms said. “We have restarted the reception of these materials as planned, following the temporary suspension of this service during the last week of 2021.”

Members of the public are encouraged to drop off their scrap metal and abandoned vehicles at the George Town Landfill Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information, call DEH at 949-6696 or email

Or visit the DEH website Where Facebook page.

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