How to Get Rid of Rubbish

In Mauritius, the only rubbish (trash, garbage etc) that gets collected, is your household waste, including bottles and small amounts of green waste.

Fortunately, one company has started to recycle part of this waste into compost, which they then sell off.

Finally! Good job! Mauritius is a tiny island – we can’t afford to have massive landfills.

Any chance of turning the huge number of trees that get chopped down or burnt, into woodchip mulch for my garden?

No? Thought not – maybe in another twenty years or so. Never mind, we’ll be using the compost as mulch once I kill the grass. Though I would prefer woodchips. Allows more water and air through.

Anyway – lovely black compost – hope everyone’s buying it for their gardens, and that the small planters are using it as mulch. Otherwise, the company might go bust as do so many good businesses which are under-utilised.

Ironically, the very same people that didn’t patronise them in the first place, complain once they’ve closed down.

Anyway again (getting sidetracked is my forté!)…rubbish:

After construction, you can pay someone to take all your rubble away, but what about everything else?

Local councils don’t collect it, and we don’t know of any rubbish tips (dumps) that you can take things to yourself. Are there any? They’re certainly not in the Yellow Pages!

The Government does nothing to improve the situation, other than imposing fines for illegal dumping.

They’d be better off providing facilities – even if they charged for them.

They encourage foreigners to move here and bring their money with them. Those same foreigners (including us) add to the amount of waste that’s generated. And we use the limited amount of water that’s available, and we add to the congestion on the roads.


Lack of foresight on the Government’s part, and consequently, improvement to the infrastructure, is a big problem.

In many, many ways. But that’s a story for another time.

Sidetracked again…getting rid of rubbish:

What we do is:

• When they took away our rubble, they left behind a section of old kerbing, so we used it as a step to the outdoor shower. It’s a very unstable step, but at least it’s out of the way
• Two pedestal fans, a stereo, and various other electrical appliances that no longer worked, soon disappeared from the verge after Alf stuck signs saying “FREE” on them
• We store it in the garage for future disposal
• We hide it at the side of the house
• Alf bribes the bin men with six-packs of beer (doesn’t always work)

This is what some locals do:

• Pile in up in their front yard
• Make a big bonfire and burn it all
• Dump it on vacant blocks

Refer back to the lack of disposal facilities.

My favourite solution, however, was one told to me by our ex-landlord, Robert, when I asked him how he got rid of things.

You call the repair shop and say you want a quote on your broken item.

You drop it off, and when they call with the cost, you tell them it’s too expensive and that they can keep it.

He did it with a fridge and a car.

I loved that guy!

RIP, my friend – I still think of you and laugh at your stories.