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Dumping household items next to waste bins is an offence, Premier warns

- said enforcement of laws against such practice will be a priority 'immediately'
Persons in the Virgin Islands are being reminded it is an offence that carries a fine to dispose of household items such as furniture, fridges, and stoves at the various garbage collection outlets. Photo: VINO
Premier and Minister of Finance Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) during his budget presentation on November 19, 2019 said enforcement of laws against illegal dumping will be a priority immediately. Photo: VINO/File
Premier and Minister of Finance Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) during his budget presentation on November 19, 2019 said enforcement of laws against illegal dumping will be a priority immediately. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- In this Christmas season, where it is customary to replace old or broken furniture for new ones, residents are being warned it is an offence to dump these items next to waste bins.

Bulk waste must be brought to the waste facility at Pockwood Pond for proper disposal.

Premier and Minister of Finance Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) issued the warning during his budget presentation on November 19, 2019.

“Citizens are reminded that it is an offence that carries a fine to dispose of household items such as furniture, fridges, stoves, etcetera at the various garbage collection outlets,” he stated.

“Enforcement of these laws will be a priority immediately,” he added.

'A clean VI is everyone's business'

Premier Fahie stated that a clean Virgin Islands is “all of our business.”

“The Ministry of Health and Social Development has begun a Territory-wide clean-up campaign and a drive to rid our islands of derelict vehicles and metal waste. A comprehensive waste management plan that encourages reducing, reusing and recycling non-biodegradable waste is in the works,” Premier Fahie remarked.

There has also been talk of strengthening the existing penalties for litterbugs and installing CCTV cameras to capture culprits at select waste bins Territory-wide.

18 Responses to “Dumping household items next to waste bins is an offence, Premier warns”

  • Agree (04/12/2019, 09:40) Like (18) Dislike (2) Reply
    I totally agree especially on the eastern side of the Island everyday the garbage is full of items that need to be taken to the dump. I hope you have persons or cameras to see who doing it. its sickening.
  • No Dumping (04/12/2019, 09:42) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    Clean up West End.
    Recently there has been an increased of persons leaving trash along the road side for the dump truck to collect. Primarily in the West End area. From Tower's to the ferry terminal bags of trash is visible along the road side. These persons should be penalized as well. In that area, there at least 3 dumpsters and households should be responsible in taking there trash to the closes bin. In the St. Thomas, dumpsters have been removed from the road side and households are now forced to drive their trash to the closest bin to their home. We need to put a stop to this. It is making the area run down.
  • Bin (04/12/2019, 09:50) Like (18) Dislike (0) Reply
    Peoplease just straight up freakin nasty
  • no offence (04/12/2019, 09:54) Like (24) Dislike (0) Reply
    but without a single action of enforcement for traffic rules, money laundering, stealing, polluting etc WHO CARES!

    Start ENFORCEMENT of all the laws the BVI has written down but cannot be bother to uphold..
  • SMH (04/12/2019, 10:09) Like (15) Dislike (0) Reply
    Enforce the law!!! That’s our biggest problem!! To much damage friends involved. Until someone is Ridiculously fine; nothing going to happen! Been going on since I was a child!!
  • WHAT!!!! (04/12/2019, 12:09) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    So ENFORCE THE LAW.
  • smoke (04/12/2019, 12:26) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    and then we open burn it all. no matter whether it is dropped off or picked up.
  • watch (04/12/2019, 12:29) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Agree 100% with the above comments but having been to the dump last week and having to drive past a 20 ft wall of flame and smoke the situation was dangerous to say the least . Lets get the dump safe enough so that persons can use it . Then enforce the laws to the max !!
  • Archeir (04/12/2019, 14:56) Like (2) Dislike (5) Reply
    Set of dirty island people
  • yesss (04/12/2019, 16:34) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply

    Is the island people doing that sh*t

    • .. (04/12/2019, 17:31) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
      Is the local truck man them to lazy to carry one fridge the dump and collect full pay
    • Drake Francis (05/12/2019, 02:26) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      You right the island people. The Virgin Islanders are guilty of dumping garbage around the territory.
  • Facilitate (04/12/2019, 16:44) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    Create easier ways for people to be able to dispose of large items. Many places have a designated day to bring out old furniture/appliances etc. Not everyone has a pick up, and most of us cannot afford the ridiculous prices quoted to take stuff like that to the dump. And, many of us suspect that when we do pay through the nose to get rid of large items that it never gets to the landfill and is instead dumped somewhere convenient.
  • righton (04/12/2019, 18:56) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Somebody nerd to open a business to do that kind a work and make some money
    Who going run with 8it?
  • Sky (05/12/2019, 05:54) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Purcell does look ridicules with stuff.
  • Josiah's Bay (05/12/2019, 07:41) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Allow the people to schedule a pick up time & day for the department to pick up bulk waste. A reasonable charge is OK for the service.
  • Lily Ann (05/12/2019, 14:04) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Well instead of chastizing residents about it, Govt needs to organize a big dump truck to get these bulky wastes from the residential dump sites. Not all residents have a pickup truck nor have the money (Or willing to pay) for a hired truck to haul load down to Pockwood !!!
  • Jane (09/12/2019, 11:42) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    New bulky household products should have a "disposal tax" applied on importation. Persons should be able to call the PWD and use a voucher (given in return for the tax payment) for free collection and disposal of their old item. Government needs to erect CCTV round all dumpsters (and enforce people dumping illegally) and also set up regular collection of bulky goods (on a paid basis where no voucher is presented). We need a massive cultural shift on waste here in BVI, otherwise Tortola is going to look like Wall-E very soon. Government must lead this. This is not rocket science.


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