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Greenland resident outraged at trash dumping practices

The trash, made up of household appliances, that surrounded the receptacle recently. Photo: VINO
More trash at the side of the receptacle. Photo: VINO
More trash at the side of the receptacle. Photo: VINO
A resident disposes of trash in the receptacle provided. Photo: VINO
A resident disposes of trash in the receptacle provided. Photo: VINO
The ghut behind the trash receptacle. Photo: VINO
The ghut behind the trash receptacle. Photo: VINO
Trash in the ghut near the receptacle. Photo: VINO
Trash in the ghut near the receptacle. Photo: VINO
GREENLAND, Tortola, VI – It is often said that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure but it appears that no one has found their way to the El Dorado that is currently on a roadside in Greenland.

One resident has complained that persons constantly dump trash outside of a canister made available for refuse in the area and this has been an ongoing practice for several years. The trash is usually dumped in an area that was described as a ghut.

The resident disclosed that the trash is uplifted by various contractors only on occasion after it builds up to a huge bulk.

According to the outraged resident, the pile of garbage is usually so huge that it often takes as much as an entire half day for it to be cleared. “The government pays a contractor with a backhoe and they would come and spend a half day to clear it up,” the resident said.

He alleged that trash from Her Majesty’s Prison at Balsum Ghut is also brought to the area and dumped periodically, leaving a putrid smell lingering in the area for hours on end.

The area where the trash is thrown is often filled with non-working appliances, furniture, builders’ waste and other refuse the resident indicated that could be taken to the incinerator directly for disposal.

He noted that the situation caused an added and unnecessary expense on the Treasury and repeated attempts to have the Solid Waste Department address the situation have gone unheard.

The resident also noted that the unsightly mess is clearly visible to all tourists who utilise the route on their way to a popular hotel in the Lambert Beach area. “This is part of the scenery,” he said.

According to the resident, who is also a farmer in the area, he was surrounded by garbage and sewage and this was discouraging for someone trying to produce food.

At-Large Representative Hon. Archibald C. Christian has consistently campaigned for the proper disposal of refuse in the Territory by residents but concerns remain with trash being strewn across the roadways on a daily basis.

A recent report issued by the Solid Waste Department revealed that existing legislation did not create much incentive to pursue prosecution due to the very low fines prescribed in addition to the volume of time and energy consumed in getting cases to court.

20 Responses to “Greenland resident outraged at trash dumping practices”

  • those on vacation (25/04/2013, 08:19) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is not cool, It not only Greenland, very much other places are like this as well.
    The only few reason's i can think about is.
    (1) the person/s might not have afford to rent a pickup truck to carry them westend.
    (2) the person/s might not have had a pickup truck that they own to carry themself west.

    so this could be the results why people dose big loads like that next to a canister, not say they really wanted to do it "but" a chance of why people do it.

    But on a real The BVI can use a massive clean up also a lots of the youngman up Balsum Ghut on vacation enjoying our tax money should be helping P.W.D & solid waste.

    but i guest that's just me tho.
  • Down Island Man (25/04/2013, 08:29) Like (15) Dislike (0) Reply
    lawd ah mussy, jeez um bread deeds pll nasty deman
  • Hard Labour for Prisoners (25/04/2013, 08:55) Like (16) Dislike (0) Reply
    I agree with the commenter that said we should utilize the prisoners. They should be used to clean up and keep the BVI clean. After all we are paying for their living expenses it is only fair that the BVI gets back something positive in return.
  • DarkVader (25/04/2013, 10:30) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Do these people not have national or self pride? Their rep working so hard to clean up that district and they are of no help by doing this.struppsss
  • weed (25/04/2013, 12:52) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
    oh no east end look like a pig penn
  • ooooo (25/04/2013, 13:31) Like (1) Dislike (38) Reply
    look at the state how ndp got that place looking with 2 representatives at that?
  • GoonSquad (25/04/2013, 15:39) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    NDP? You mean the people. Do u see NDP representatives or minsters throwing garbage in that area? You are such a cow.
    • da my boy (25/04/2013, 19:52) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Good work VINO; keep it up & the BVI will be a cleaner place in time to come
  • Poor You (25/04/2013, 16:22) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    What does some residents being lazy and nasty and dumping garbage all over the districts have to do with the two representatives? I see the Representatives doing all they can to keep the district clean but people just don't seem to have any pride in there country. You can't legislate Pride.
    • IGNORANT (25/04/2013, 20:15) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Is it really a surprise????, there were NO frequent pick up even when Dancia was there
  • Tsk. Tsk (25/04/2013, 18:49) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is just disgraceful. Some people have such a disregard for the environment and I can't understand why. There need to be stricter laws and heavier fines for these litter bugs. It's just too shameful to see people treating the place like this. And I'm not just saying that because we're a tourist destination.
  • the rock (26/04/2013, 04:50) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    But surely the kind of conduct we know is of itself a betrayal of the country, and the government..clean up bvi
  • ????? (27/04/2013, 12:01) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Where is the minister of solid waste???...another waste!!
  • litter warden (30/04/2013, 07:48) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    you can clarely see its big men in pickups messing up the bvi ronny and greg lets go

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