Government is activating an interim landfill for mass garbage disposal until the waste facility/incinerator at Pockwood Pond on Tortola reopens.
The facility closed due to a massive fire that caused damage to its incinerator on Monday, November 26.
“Technicians are scheduled to arrive by the end of this week to assess the damage to the incinerator and equipment,” newly-appointed Health Minister Marlon Penn has said.
“The public is therefore advised to use the dump site on the hill, above the incinerator, where incoming waste will be landfilled in the interim,” he added.
The fire reportedly started because of a gas tank that exploded in the yard of the Pockwood Pond facility. The explosion caused fire to travel to a building whose contents subsequently caught ablaze, Penn explained.
An investigation into the fire has now been launched.
In a statement on Wednesday, Penn expressed gratitude to the private and public workers that whipped themselves into action to help extinguish the blaze.
He added: “As the minister responsible for health, I extend my deepest apologies to the residents in Pockwood Pond and surrounding areas for any inconvenience or discomfort caused.”
The fire was put on roughly 24 hours after it started.
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