General Manager of the Department of Waste Management Greg Massicotte wants private trucking companies to stop discarding garbage at the burning Cox Heath dump on Tortola.
The dump has been temporarily closed since the fire, which has been active for 13 days now.
Massicotte said dumping waste at the burning site could further stall the progress of completely extinguishing the fire.
“I understand there are still people carrying their waste there despite us telling them not to,” he told BVI News today, May 22.
“I want to stress to the public; please take all waste to the incinerator. We don’t want debris or garbage taken to that site – that site is closed. It’s kind of adding fuel to the fire.”
“We really need the public to do their part and follow the instructions being given to them. It is being given to them for a reason. We have a smoking site that still has internal fires, which means if someone is going to add combustible stuff to that area, you run the risk of whatever it is you are carrying to catch fire. And we don’t want any new fires down there,” Massicotte added.
The solid waste manager said the Pockwood Pond-based incinerator also has rules that need to be adhered to.
“We have persons going down there, dumping wherever they want to dump and doing whatever they want to do. But it’s a facility and it’s not because it’s garbage that anything goes,” he said.
Fire almost out
In the meantime, Massicotte said the Cox Heath fire is close to being completely out.
He said authorities are trying their best to extinguish the remaining flames. And while describing the process as ‘ticklish’, Massicotte called on the public to remain patient.
A number of communities on the western end of Tortola are affected by the smoke and some residents have subsequently evacuated those areas.
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