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‘Govt. must get serious & fine people for littering!’ – caller

-said country has lost its pride and is ‘nasty’ for a tourism destination
September 17th, 2014 | Tags: Doug Wheatley Speak Out BVI ZBVI 780 AM caller garbage fine
The woman, clearly irate from what she has been experiencing, called on the Government to fine people for having their surroundings dirty as is the case in some countries. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – “I find that Tortola people don’t have pride in their country,” said a caller into the Speak Out BVI radio talk show hosted by Doug Wheatley on ZBVI 780 AM last evening September 16, 2014.

She was at the time making reference to the state of some parts of the Territory after she called in to make a contribution to the show whose focus was on the diseases Chikungunya and Dengue Fever and the need to keep the environment clean with a view to keeping these diseases away.

The woman, clearly irate from what she has been experiencing, called on the Government to fine people for having their surroundings dirty as is the case in some countries.

“In the [1960s] Tortola used to be a beautiful place. People used to have pride in their country. I but I find Tortola people lose their pride in their country. We were poor; we weren’t rich. But it was a beautiful place to see,” she said.

“Now you drive from East End/Long Look and even to West End, all over Tortola…it is very nasty. A lot of old cars, garbage, bush. This is a tourism place. All I see is garbage, sewage on the road, dirty water…”said the woman.

“I think we need to have pride in this country. The Government needs to get serious and start fining people for not keeping their place clean. In Canada you would be fined. Government needs to get serious. It is very nasty for a country with tourism,” she said.

21 Responses to “‘Govt. must get serious & fine people for littering!’ – caller”

  • Tortola (17/09/2014, 09:19) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    I agree with the caller, in that some people are very nasty. It is very annoying to see litter and bulk waste and sewage all over the country like this. On the other hand Tortola is very clean compared to some other countries that I have seen. In fact one of my friends from another Caribbean country once commented that their time spent in the Virgin Islands, and here comment was that it was very clean. However, I think that we can do a lot better. The incinerator is not a thousand miles away. Tortola is a 2 by 4 island. Driving to the incinerator to discard your bulk waste is not going to take long, but people prefer to throw it at the dumpster that is not designed for bulk, or they throw it in the bush.
  • .. (17/09/2014, 09:28) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
    Have you ever visited the other Islands much more Nastier than the bvi
    • @... (17/09/2014, 10:31) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
      The nastiness of other people is no excuse for us to follow suit. Just like our own private homes, not because the neighbor's house is a mess means we have to follow fashion. I try to understand why its so complicated to throw trash where it belongs. If we each do our part then the problem would be solved.
    • Sigh (17/09/2014, 12:22) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
      there will always be somebody who does not get it. the point is not whether there is a nastier country than tortola neither is the goal who can be the cleanest nasty country. the point is to take pride in where you live. the goal should be to NOT have ANY is not intended as a insult to say tortola ppl dirty i am sure...but facts are facts there is garbage around that should not be there and the government is responsible for that so therefore they should make sure that the ppl of the country are not getting away with wrong doings.
  • bvi (17/09/2014, 09:56) Like (8) Dislike (6) Reply
    The caller said "Tortola people lose their pride". The majority of people living in the BVI are not BVIslanders, so how does the caller come to this conclusion. I agree that some BVIslanders do litter, yes; but the majority of litter bugs are non-BVIslanders. I see people in Baughers Bay where I live put their bags of garbage in an area which is no longer designated as a dump and there are 2 other dumpsters in close proximity to where they put their garbage. Soon as they put them down, the chickens, stray dogs and cats tear open these bags and leave a mess for the sanitation workers to clean up. It disgust me to have to pass this area every single day. These people simply do not have any pride in their surroundings and in fact are plain lazy and nasty.
    • @bvi (17/09/2014, 10:36) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
      The littering is across the board, BVI people and those who come to live among us have the same level of nasty. The bottles, paper, furniture by the bins, and all the household trash that is seen on our streets and through the bush don't have any nationality, but it has a culture called "nastiness". If you personally know that you don't litter, then you can only eliminate yourself but you can't eliminate any other person.
  • Local Boy (17/09/2014, 10:16) Like (16) Dislike (0) Reply
    Yea yea yea! As soon as Government fine anybody we hear the cry about killing our small man. We are not serious as a people so I don't want to hear that crap. Look at the guys that dumped oil into the big ghut in the heart of town. Government spend around $200K to clean it and up to now we haven't heard about the perpetrator nor any means of paying back Government. That will slip under the rug like nothing. Do you know what $200K can do for schools right now? We like to hear ourselves rant that's why we call these shows, nothing more.
  • litter bugs (17/09/2014, 10:28) Like (14) Dislike (1) Reply
    I can't understand why a person's trash that comes out of their homes can't be transported to the bins secured inside their vehicles, but have to be placed on top of their vehicles. After all, its your garbage. I drove behind someone the other day as I was driving from West End into town. The trash atop the vehicle comprised of several small supermarket plastic bags and one or two bigger trash bags. The driver obviously forgot the garbage on top the car because he passed every bin. At every corner, one of the bags would roll and eventually fall off while driving. My attempts to alert the driver by blowing my horn and flashing my light to get his attention were of no use. I think we have a culture of nastiness and don't care-ness, but if each person takes responsibility of his/her own actions, we can get a long way with the cleanliness of the place.
  • Guest (17/09/2014, 10:57) Like (17) Dislike (0) Reply
    There is a certain person from east end who buys pizza regularly and on the way home from this fast food pizza area throws the pizza container on the side of the road usually between after Cedar School and Brandywine Bay.
  • voter (17/09/2014, 11:35) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    Call Archie the clean up man
  • Bandit (17/09/2014, 12:13) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    This seems to be a problem throughout the entire Caribbean . People are just plain down right nasty.
  • Ghost of Lavity (17/09/2014, 12:38) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
  • anonymous posting. (17/09/2014, 12:41) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Here is suggestion, the next time you see some one doing something wrong record them and post it on social media. shame them into doing right, create an anonymous page where any one can post. It doesn't have to be only littering, how about people stopping in the middle of the street to drop off passenger or have a conversation.
  • qc (17/09/2014, 13:38) Like (5) Dislike (6) Reply
    littering or not one thing for sure after the next elections the NDP will never sit in the Complex never in life!!!
  • Truth (17/09/2014, 15:01) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply

    I have a problem that I hope someone who reads this can help me with. For research purposes. Is there any such thing as an addiction to m..turbation? Is something wrong with it?

  • cup cake (17/09/2014, 18:04) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Well this means hon christian has failed
  • Duck1951 (17/09/2014, 19:07) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    For starters the government should go on a cleanliness campaign through the media , schools, public bill boards. Provide colorful bins for thrash in populous areas . Get the youth involved ! The result can only be positive .
  • VG 1 (17/09/2014, 20:00) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    The problem of trash is not only on Tortola. It is also on Virgin Gorda. There are bins in most areas and people throw trash around the area of the bins and not in it. Some of the bins are no good with big holes through which animals enter and drag out bags of trash and scatter them all over. At some of these area where people hang out and wait for rides or buses are some of the most nastiest I've seen in VG. The more people migrate to these islands is the more trash i see turning up all over the place. Beer bottles , paper, you name it, along the road sides and in the bushes.. they just don't care. after all it's not there home. We need to take a stand with this. Don't get me wrong. Many of our fellow B.V. Islanders are good nasty too.
  • Str8Nose (17/09/2014, 21:05) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    You what got so angry is that S.O.B in Purcell Estate that stripped a Mitsubishi Mirage and left the shell on blocks in the 4KIN road. You want to tell me that what our country has come to? That S.O.B. don't give a damn that he has made the road narrow for the motoring public. That S.O.B. has not been fine or even jailed for littering. The Government agency are busy looking the other way because its their friends that are littering the roads ways with these vehicles.
  • ... (18/09/2014, 07:22) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Sounds like part of the problem is that a lot of you all are seeing littering and not reporting it.

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