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Fire breaks out @ Pockwood Pond landfill

A landfill fire broke out at Pockwood Pond on the main island of Tortola last evening, November 10, 2019. Photo: Team of Reporters
During the Seventh Sitting of the First Session of the Fourth House of Assembly of the Virgin Islands on October 17, 2019, Minister for Health and Social Development, Honourable Carvin Malone shied away from giving a timeline for the repairs at the incinerator to be completed, stating that repair works ‘are currently in progress’. Photo: VINO/File
During the Seventh Sitting of the First Session of the Fourth House of Assembly of the Virgin Islands on October 17, 2019, Minister for Health and Social Development, Honourable Carvin Malone shied away from giving a timeline for the repairs at the incinerator to be completed, stating that repair works ‘are currently in progress’. Photo: VINO/File
Fires at the Pockwood Pond landfill have been frequent since the incinerator at the same location was damaged due to a fire on November 26, 2018. Photo: VINO
Fires at the Pockwood Pond landfill have been frequent since the incinerator at the same location was damaged due to a fire on November 26, 2018. Photo: VINO
POCKWOOD POND, Tortola, VI- Residents in the West End area and its environs were again left to ponder ‘How long more?’ after a fire broke out at the landfill at Pockwood Pond on the main island of Tortola last evening, November 10, 2019.

According to reports reaching our newsroom, a loud explosion was heard before residents in the Pockwood Pond area noticed the fire had started.

Affected persons then took to social media to highlight their plight.

Up to midnight the fire was still raging.

Fires at the Pockwood Pond landfill have been frequent since the incinerator at the same location was damaged due to a fire on November 26, 2018.

‘Vexing & complex situation’

In a statement during the Seventh Sitting of the First Session of the Fourth House of Assembly of the Virgin Islands on October 17, 2019, Minister for Health and Social Development, Honourable Carvin Malone shied away from giving a timeline for the repairs at the incinerator to be completed.

According to Hon Malone, works related to the incinerator repairs “are currently in progress.”

The Minister called the situation a “vexing and complex situation” that has understandably sparked health and environmental concerns, particularly among the residents of surrounding communities.

Hon Malone added that additional human and financial resources were deployed to reduce the risk of spontaneous combustion at the Pockwood Pond dumpsite and relieve the effects of smoke for residents since the incinerator was damaged.

“This Government will not rest until the fundamental issues affecting the operation of the Incinerator Plant, and the unsustainable waste management practices that contribute to those problems, are addressed at the source,” Hon Malone declared.

23 Responses to “Fire breaks out @ Pockwood Pond landfill”

  • one eye (11/11/2019, 07:16) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    Come on cavin you allowing the staff to run ring around you
    • That is for sure (11/11/2019, 08:17) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
      Exactly, you are the one in charge. Stop letting the STAFF MAKE YOU LOOK INEPT.
  • Not2Sure (11/11/2019, 07:23) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    How long? Not long!
  • Just saying (11/11/2019, 08:24) Like (25) Dislike (1) Reply
    You all are playing to much with the problem, one day this thing is going to take out the whole West area and the people of the West area. Call in outside help to correct the problem since no one seems to know what the heck they are doing to correct the problem.
  • Come on (11/11/2019, 09:08) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
    BUY A WHOLE NEW SYSTEM AND HAVE THE OLD ONE AS A BACKUP, BECAUSE GARBAGE IS NEVERENDING
  • Agree (11/11/2019, 09:18) Like (21) Dislike (0) Reply
    Call in outside help or hire people that have knowledge on how to correct the problem. This is happening to often. Better to be safe than sorry.
    • Crazy stupidness and foolishness (11/11/2019, 10:28) Like (4) Dislike (31) Reply
      we dont need to bring in outside help - we can do everything ourselves - give local people a chance
      • Really Now (11/11/2019, 12:37) Like (20) Dislike (1) Reply
        I agree with giving local people a chance. but, most locals is INEPT. Most locals is hired based on who they are related to or based on what their last names are not what experience they have. You can't put a OR tech in the operation room to assist the Doctor without the OR tech having experience.
      • Curious (11/11/2019, 19:52) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
        BVI Solutions to BVI Problems...need to start listening to the people who dispose of the garbage instead of the people who talk about it
  • Useless VIP (11/11/2019, 09:58) Like (31) Dislike (2) Reply
    These guys are incompetent pretend politicians that do not have a clue about running a small island. 3rd world island state nonsense. Get the UK involved to solve this ongoing mess of killing people by toxic fumes..
  • what (11/11/2019, 10:45) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
    complete incompetence
    The sad part is people will die because of this .
  • Everytime (11/11/2019, 10:56) Like (15) Dislike (0) Reply
    I hate to sound so hard but, you all are playing Russian Roulette with people security and health in that area. Breathing in toxic waste on a daily. I agree, invest in a whole new system. Patching things to save $$$ is going to cost more money $$$ than getting a new replacement. Oh, you took office to do and work for the people. Do right by the people that elected you in office.
  • Mr. Malone (11/11/2019, 11:09) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is on your back. Ask for outside help or hire someone who have real knowledge as how this problem should be handled in the correct way. You stand up and be the one to fix this problem that has been going on for years. This is where you see who the true Politians are and how much they care about the Country and it's people.
  • Me (11/11/2019, 11:59) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Bronchitis.
  • Fire Breaks out? (11/11/2019, 12:02) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Them fires dont break out. They are set intentionally all the time. How else do you think all the garbage being dealt with when incinerator been broke all these years now? strupes
    • FoTru (11/11/2019, 14:13) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Past couple of weeks has been rainy and and sun less than usual but we must believe it is auto combustion.
      Will the sanctioned Pyromaniac kindly blow the whistle.
      A handsome reward awaits you.
  • BVI Electricity (11/11/2019, 12:37) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    You see why we need a raise down at the power plant, we got to breathe this air in so that the country has power but no one cares about our health
    • Well Sah (12/11/2019, 08:14) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Getting a raise isn’t going to solve the health issues you are likely to face. Ask for paid health care.
  • PRONTO (11/11/2019, 13:00) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    FOY NEED TO TAKE MALONE'S SEAT AND GIVE IT TO SOMEBODY ELSE
  • basin intl (11/11/2019, 13:02) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    More masks will be sold
  • Quiet Warrior (11/11/2019, 17:47) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    The frequency of fires at waste management site at Pockwood Pond is concerning. The frequency with which these fires are occurring should drive the Minister of Health to call a standdown and get to the root of the problem. The current Minister of Health health inherited this problem. Nonetheless, the incinerator being down since the end of 2018 for a part is unacceptable. Why was an incinerator for which parts were are not readily available purchased in the first place? Cheaper is not always better, especially if the item(s) is obsolete. Why the department didn’t have a high/low limit for critical, long lead time items? Is the control panel the only problem with the incinerator? How much life does this system have left? It is a better plan to replace this obsolete system with a state-of-the-art syste?

    Undoubtedly, incinerating has some advantages over landfilling. Due to scarcity of land, landfilling is only a short term solution; incinerating is a better waste management option. Another benefit of incinerating is that the energy produce can be used to generate electricity. An adverse impact of incineration is environmental pollution. Incinerator must be operated to limit pollutants to permissible exposure limits.

    Looking forward, the Ministry of Health and residents must take actions to reduce the quantity of waste generated by a growing population. Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. Recycling, though it may/may not be highly profitable operation, must be a vital part of waste management. It reduces the volume of waste needed to be processed, reducing overall waste management cost.
  • be careful (11/11/2019, 20:31) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    @ pronto be careful what you wish for.
  • Mr.Samuels (13/11/2019, 01:26) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Blessed day my people of the Virgin Islands it is quite clear what the problem is but no no one is talking about how we can get a solution.
    Yes the situation is out of solid waste control an should be giving to someone with knowledge .I strongly agree But it don't need to leave the territory there are locals qualified an capable to make it work where
    Alkebukan Minds Recycling Inc a local registered Cooperation is government's only an best option
    We intend to build a state of the art Plant ,where we will be creating over 100 jobs ,from our single stream sorting facility which separates all recyclable materials to be sold in the world market. Also another facility which will house a waste to energy incinerators (w2e)
    Which brings the opportunity for electricity to be created an give to bviec
    The most best thing about this project/Plan is that it's 100% finance by Alkebukan Minds Recycling Inc .no cost to our BVI government.
    By our government signing off on a project on this magnitude from within its local body besides giving the West End residents a better environment, besides creating over 100 job opportunities,besides opening a new industry to the BVI ,besides a new financial revenue sector for the government to benefit instead of always paying an paying an paying out for half done jobs.
    We the BVI will be shining a light threw out the Whole Caribbean region with the highest state of the art technology to handle any waste an landfill problems.
    My name is Shavoy Samuels .Secretary an managing director of Alkebukan Minds Recycling Inc I can be contact at 540-2604
    Please feel free an open to call an ask about our project Operation Recovery (BVI)
    An why our government is dragging their feet on such a proposal
    Thank you


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