The Tynes Bay Facility has had to halt waste reception from commercial operators temporarily, due to an early morning bunker fire.

It is expected that the collection of commercial waste will resume by Saturday morning.

In a statement released earlier today, the Ministry of Public Works moved to “assure the public that the fire is currently under control, and the Bermuda Fire & Rescue Service was promptly called to the scene as a precautionary measure”.

While noting that a bunker fire, “while not uncommon, required immediate attention”.

“In addition to the fire, we encountered a technical issue where the wire rope of a supporting crane, used for waste incineration, snapped, leaving the grab unit inoperable within the bunker. 

“Our teams are currently engaged in an operation to address the issue. The grab unit has been retrieved from the bunker, and the crane is back in operation.

“The fire is still smouldering and will require continued remediation, which can only occur effectively once the crane is fully operational.

“The public drop-off service to the general public remains open and is not affected by this temporary closure for commercial vehicles.

“The Ministry appreciates stakeholders’ understanding and cooperation as we work diligently to resolve this issue and resume normal operations as soon as possible.”