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23 special waste bins to placed across BVI to collect ‘white waste’

Minister of Health & Social Development Carvin Malone.

The Ministry of Health is planning to place 23 special waste bins across the British Virgin Islands to collect what it described as ‘white waste’ materials.

This was revealed by Health Minister Carvin Malone who told BVI News the initiative is part of their ultimate goal to rid the territory of all derelict and metal materials by the end of 2019.

“We’re going to have a marketing campaign as to exactly where they will be located. We are trying to get the logistics of it, so we are working with Town & Country Planning to place them in convenient locations and we will inform the public exactly where they are so they’ll know,” Minister Malone stated.

He further expressed confidence in the initiative, stating that it was once successfully conducted under the previous NDP administration.

“The 23 bins of which we speak is because the ministry did a programme back in 2018 where they placed 33 bins throughout Tortola, so that people with bulk waste, whether it is white – stuff like refrigerators, stoves and washing machines or anything metal – can be placed in these receptacles,” Minister Malone explained.

Malone said once the white waste has been collected, the ministry’s focus will shift to only household waste.

“Once we’re done with the metal side of it, then we are looking in terms of how do we return these bins so that if we have additional remaining construction materials with the lumber or mattresses or different things that people might have to throw out, we can then get those out of the way.”

All waste material will be collected and stored at the site on Pockwood Pond before being loaded on a 5,000-ton barge which will transport the metals and derelicts out of the territory.

Government has until December 31 to completely rid the territory of these waste materials. Its lease at the Pockwood Pond waste site will expire on that date.

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  1. Devon says:

    Great news !

  2. Yes! says:

    This a great idea. Thank you!

  3. Consider! says:

    The issue with the bins the last time was that some of them were so high, it was impossible for persons to put those heavy items into them.

    How can this issue be resolved to assist persons?

    Next, what about the elderly and persons who do not have transportation to move old items from around their homes/property?
    What can be done to assist those persons.

    Lastly, a suggestion…maybe we can designate persons in every community to go door to door and arrange for pick-up.

  4. Fire Watch says:

    Dump burning wait the winds are going to turn from the west soon. All smoke will be going to Roadtown.

  5. Democracy says:

    What is white waste, Is this the waste of the white man. Just asking.

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  6. Kingfish says:

    Waste Management should have residents who have the “so called white waste” to call the Waste Management and schedule a day and time that the white waste can be picked up. Waste Management should have the truck at the address or location to pick up the waste. As one person said the bins are too high for some people, which means that the waste is being placed outside the bins.

    Another remedy for this problem is: If new white products are bought locally and is delivered by
    the store, have the store remove [for a small fee}
    the white waste and take it to the waste management site.

    The bins are unsightly and a haven for insects etc. We all want a clean BVI, it is up to the citizens to do their part in achieving a clean BVI.

    Placing these bins are a waste of resources.

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  7. Hit the Nail on the Head says:

    Have these bins at designated locations twice per month for 1 day only to collect bulky waste. The first and last Saturday of each month.

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  8. Dman says:

    Yes, keep this program moving. Support community involvement and assistance to those who need help taking advantage of it. Don’t forget to keep emptying the bins and bringing them back.

  9. LCS says:

    Got back from a recent trip to Japan. Very few garbage receptacles are around. People are asked to take their garbage home. Japanese don’t eat or smoke in the streets, except for designated areas. They carry bags with them to take their garbage home. Public bathrooms don’t have paper towels, but hand driers. Signs read : Take your garbage home. Districts have from 10 to 45 recycling item categories and people abide by these rules. We couldn’t.

    • Diaspora says:

      This is a good initiative that needs to be ongoing. In addition to collecting thrash and light debris on a daily or weekly basis, the MHSS should partition the territory in zones and establish a quarterly schedule for heavy brush, appliances, furniture……etc. pick up. The current open garbage bins are an eye sore that is not aesthetically pleasing, attracts flies, rodents…..etc. The Road Town/Lower Estate/Huntums Ghut/Slaney/Mcnamarra, Purcel, Free Bottom, Frett Yard and Baughers Bay can transition to automated bin pickup, ie, just a driver and truck, Further, a full blown recycle programme would reduce the volume of solid waste that needs to be incinerated.

  10. There is money says:

    In white waste…why not do something for the health of the people instead of money and STOP POISONOUS FIRES AT POCKWOOD POND

  11. Proud Virgin Islander says:

    I suggest just having pitch-in bins in the capital and on beaches only.
    When placed in communities, persons place household garbage in and around them. This is unsightly; not to mention a haven for rodents.

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