At a time when the government is revising the territory’s building codes, Community Engagement Director for Green VI, Gregory George wants recyclable glass to be added when building public infrastructure.
He is also calling on government to implement legislation to enforce the movement.
“What we at Green VI wants is a healthier, greener BVI. So we are pushing that waste is not actually waste but a resource,” George said.
“Instead of throwing it away, use it for future roads and sidewalks, and countertops. Eventually we want the government to put in the legislation where plastics and bottles that can be recycled are taxed.”
“With that tax, you will get it back if you return the bottles to a bottling station or vending area where if you put your bottle in, you get your money back,” George said.
He was speaking recently at a public consultation on Virgin Gorda about government’s proposed recovery plan.
George noted that other countries across the globe have already moved in that direction.
“These are technologies already on stream… it’s just bringing that technology here and making it part of our daily lives,” he said.
Director of Projects in the Ministry of Finance, Dr Drexel Glasgow welcomed the idea, noting that the time was ripe to bring such an initiative to the forefront local development.
“The storms last year taught us some things and we want to benefit from those lessons learned,” Dr Glasglow said, adding that the revamped building codes should be completed the year ends.
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