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Gov’t collects over 600 derelict vehicles for recycling

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PRESS RELEASE: More than 600 derelict vehicles have been collected by the Department of Waste Management and are now being recycled.

The department’s manager, Mr Greg Massicote, said once the vehicles are collected, they are taken to the temporary derelict site at Pockwood Pond where they are stripped of certain parts, drained of their fluids, crushed and stockpiled for export.

Mr Massicote said: “We are trying to operate as environmentally friendly as possible hence the removal of the gas or diesel from the vehicles.”

Mr Massicote stated that the site has its pros and its cons, adding: “When there is heavy rainfall, the soil condition makes it difficult for the trucks to manoeuvre.  The site, however, offers many benefits including being right next to a barge ramp and its close proximity to the Cox Heath site where the majority of the recyclables will come from.”

The public is asked to continue taking residential waste to the incinerator in Pockwood Pond and galvanize and white goods to the debris management site in Cox Heath.

The Department of Waste Management is committed to ensuring that the natural beauty of the Territory is enhanced by utilising state of the art waste management technology to ensure timely collection, disposal and where possible, the recycling of waste.

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  1. watcher says:

    Even before Irma the rusting abandoned vehicles were a blight on Tortola. This is good work being done. But in future can we establish a vehicle recycling yard to where vehicles can be brought for crushing and/or re-cycling. It could be paid for from a small recycling tax on imported vehicles and so be free at the point of service. And meanwhile please dont forget the north shore where wrecked and abandoned vehicles are ruining the views of our most beautiful bays.

    • Retired says:

      Not to mention blocking the public roads and driveways of residents! 600 collected, thousands more are abandoned all over Tortola. Please DWM remove all these eyesores ASAP.

  2. Sam the man says:

    About time good job but well overdue

  3. Diplomat says:

    Great news! On the one hand though, people need to take responsibility for their old vehicles and any other debris that is causing an eye sore in the territory. On the other hand, government needs to provide the facility and process for disposing of these junk vehicles that people probably had good intentions to fix but in reality they need get around to doing. Will government be assssing a fee to the registered owners for collecting these derelict vehicles? People need to know that there is a cost for shunning their responsibilities. Did I mash some corns? Probably. Are BVI residents too dependent on government? Did government cultivate this behaviour and expectation?

  4. watcher says:

    Most places have laws about leaving rusting vehicles and other debris around that also apply to private property. Why should your neighbour be forced to look at your never going in the water again rusting eyesore of a boat even if it is on your lawn. ?

    Much better if respect for your neighbour could get rid of them but failing that maybe we need laws.

  5. CLEAN UP ON VG says:

    Who do we contact for those vehicles in Handsome Bay infront of Charlie Bobb’s apartment on my way to my daughter’s school (Sunshine Daycare)? It is absolutely ridiculous not having any adequate space to walk or drive. Additionally, it is not appealing for anyone living there nor for a school that is few minutes away.

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