The Department of Waste Management has been receiving complaints from its staff that residents continue to improperly dispose of garbage in the British Virgin Islands.
Head of the Department of Waste Management, Neville Allen gave that indication following the recently-concluded cleanup initiative that was held territory-wide.
“I have been getting complaints from sanitation officers about the way persons dispose of garbage and the wrong concept persons have about the duty of these officers,” Allen stated in a government-commissioned media release recently.
“It is the duty of each person to do their part to keep our surroundings clean, and the BVI beautiful,” he argued.
Legislation to penalise irresponsible disposers coming
Minister of Health Carvin Malone confirmed in an interview with BVI News that he too had received reports of persons still disposing of their waste in an irresponsible manner.
He said that legislation is currently being worked on to address the practice.
“We had a very successful bulk collection and storage but there are still folks who very unsatisfactorily continue to place their bulk garbage outside of the bins provided,” Malone stated.
“When we review the regulations and the fees, it will be reflected as punitive measures. We don’t want to obscure anything, we have to stop the behaviour of improper placement or dumping of bulk material and of waste entirely so that we can keep the island as pristine and as beautiful as we need to,” Minister Malone added.
The territory-wide cleanup initiative
The initiative saw 23 special waste bins placed strategically across the territory from December 20 to 28.
It provided persons the opportunity to dispose of bulky waste materials from within their household.
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