Stating that indiscriminate dumping has resulted in a number of small fires at the Pockwood Pond incinerator on Tortola, the Department of Waste Management is now limiting access to the dumpsite after 4 pm daily.
Assistant Manager at Waste Management Neville Allen said this restriction which will now prevent garbage hauliers from entering the site when it is not being monitored.
He said these hauliers are known to indiscriminately access and dump their waste at the facility after incinerator workers have left the site.
While the facility will now be closed to the general public after-hours, Allen said compactor trucks will be allowed on the site beyond the restriction time.
They will be allowed up until 8 pm to dispose of their waste materials.
“The public will be notified when the site will be accessible during normal hours of operation after the situation is under control,” a media release from the Department of Waste Management then said.
Only last week, a major fire broke out at the dumpsite and posed a severe threat to the neighbouring BVI Electricity Corporation power plant. Local firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze after an estimated eight hours.
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