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'Littering & careless disposal of trash must stop'- Premier Smith

- proposing anonymous tip line to report violators
Premier Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL) noted that one cannot travel through the Territory today without noticing evidence of littering and careless disposal of trash – including used refrigerators, mattresses and other household items. Photo: VINO/File
Premier Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL) noted that one cannot travel through the Territory today without noticing evidence of littering and careless disposal of trash – including used refrigerators, mattresses and other household items. Photo: VINO/File
Premier Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL) noted that one cannot travel through the Territory today without noticing evidence of littering and careless disposal of trash – including used refrigerators, mattresses and other household items. Photo: VINO/File
It was in November 2015 that Junior Minister for Tourism and Territorial Member of the House of Assembly Honourable Archibald C. Christian blamed expats for the destruction of the Territory's natural beauty by littering and having utter disregard for the preservation of the environment. Photo: VINO/File
It was in November 2015 that Junior Minister for Tourism and Territorial Member of the House of Assembly Honourable Archibald C. Christian blamed expats for the destruction of the Territory's natural beauty by littering and having utter disregard for the preservation of the environment. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Inappropriate dumping and littering have been an issue of major concern recently and Premier Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL) voiced his dissatisfaction on the matter in his ‘Mid-Term Report’ on July 10, 2017.

“One cannot travel through our Territory today without noticing evidence of littering and careless disposal of trash – including used refrigerators, mattresses and other household items.

“Let me say to all my fellow BVIslanders – this must stop,” Premier Smith stated.

According to the Leader of Government Business, our land, our air, our seas are God’s gift to us and when any one of us throws our garbage out in public we are betraying that blessing and giving offense to our neighbours and families.

“We are essentially saying that we don’t care about one another and we don’t value God’s blessings.

“That is not tolerable behavior and it must stop.”

Anonymous tip line

Premier Smith called on every citizen to do their part and noted that he is proposing a mechanism to report violators anonymously.

“Not only do I ask that you police your own activity, but I ask you to have the courage to speak up when others fall short. Toward that end, I am proposing the creation of an anonymous tipline where residents can report any incident they witness of improper dumping in public spaces.”

According to the Premier, the authorities can use these tips to investigate incidents and, when appropriate, level fines against the offenders.

“Let there be no mistake – this is an issue we take with the utmost seriousness. It shall not continue.”

Outsiders have brought some 'nasty habits'- Hon Archibald C. Christian

It was in November 2015 that Junior Minister for Tourism and Territorial Member of the House of Assembly Honourable Archibald C. Christian had slammed persons who come to the Virgin Islands and contribute to the destruction of its natural beauty by littering and having utter disregard for the preservation of the environment.

He was speaking on November 2, 2015 during the Fourth Sitting of the Fourth Session of the Third House of Assembly during the period designated for Any Other Business.

"Madam Speaker, I think that persons are taking for granted what this little territory means to our economy. I think I have to be more bold in what I'm trying to convey here. It may not come across comfortable for some people but the truth has to be told."

He said persons who come to the territory to work must understand that they are here for a reason, which is to better their economic standing in life.

"I think some of those persons are not paying attention to what is at stake in the BVI. Because truth be told, the minute or the day that the economic standards of this country begins to disappear because visitors no longer come, [it can spell trouble for those seeking a living here]," Hon Christian had stated.

21 Responses to “'Littering & careless disposal of trash must stop'- Premier Smith”

  • archie (13/07/2017, 20:25) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
    YEA BLAME THE ISLAND MAN
  • poor fella (13/07/2017, 20:25) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    Doc, NDP is on a lippery slow, even the Trash can't help you'll.
    • @poor fella (13/07/2017, 20:44) Like (21) Dislike (1) Reply
      NDP is indeed on a slippery slope and has no kind of repellant to stop the slide, not even their new publicist can stop the upcoming iceberg in-place to sink them. A disgruntled civil servant, VINO look out for what is about to drop soon.
  • Jill Fell down the Hill (13/07/2017, 20:28) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    People hungry, corruption is rampant no jobs for young people and we have not seen any audited financial reports and he on here talking about supidness Doc go take 10 seats
  • The picker upper (13/07/2017, 20:35) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Well it's not the tourists. And yes day after day we see the islanders trashing out the place.SEE IT.
  • Public Service (13/07/2017, 20:58) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    What he need to focus on he's not focussing on he rather focus on the pity stuffs that un important yes litter bugs may be an issue but geez we got more important serious issues to deal with. Start with minister wanna be premier on all these expact children he bringing in making them attend our public schools and we don't have space for our own.
  • Salivating (13/07/2017, 21:08) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    @civil servant. Please release what you have for the survival and life of us all at the bottom of the pyramid under this NDP administration. Don't hold back.
  • Striderite (13/07/2017, 21:20) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Oh yea so does white collar crime, manipulation, cronyism, lying to people and them thing they so. That's the trash I talking bout da need to stop. Politics have become so dam deplorable too dam shame listening to that dam midterm hogwash.
  • @civil servant (13/07/2017, 21:21) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    Is it about BVI Airways Deal, the Prospect Reef Deal, The Pier Park Debacle or something else. Peaseeee, don't keep us waiting
    • No. (13/07/2017, 21:35) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
      I think it's about the wall around our public school.
    • Possibly (13/07/2017, 21:40) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
      I think it's about NDP dissolving their administration and calling an early election.
  • Road Town Rebel (13/07/2017, 21:24) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    Doc u n that Island boy is 7 years late and a day short. Cut the cheap bout now. The two of you grow up in RT.
  • in the news (13/07/2017, 22:43) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    We love to debate and hate to execute.
  • ------------------ (13/07/2017, 22:59) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Our Premier is always so late. We have been calling on govt to do this for years now.
  • zzzzzzzzzz (13/07/2017, 23:05) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    I am happy Dr. Smith have somewhat woken up.
  • boy blue (13/07/2017, 23:50) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    I will believe this only when Mr. Smith has fund the hotline. Then and only then will I believe it.
  • Garbage men (14/07/2017, 05:45) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Where are the funds promised to the men handling the disposal .Millions being thrown away and none for who keeping the BV I clean hmmmmm
  • hahahaha (14/07/2017, 06:20) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Ronnie don't work no more. Its Ronnie Job to Solve Garbage problems...Let him do his Job and it's the Premiere Job to manage the ministers, to managing our finance and to manage our tourism all of which need serious attention...
  • snitching (14/07/2017, 09:09) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Ain nobody gonna call any hotline an snitch on people for littering. Cant even get people to help police solve real crimes around here with a tip line. Who gonna snitch on a litter bug...strupps
  • Hmmm (14/07/2017, 12:39) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Well he need to stop openin his mouth. More trash comin out of it than wa bein dump on da streets
  • VG (14/07/2017, 15:00) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    We need to remove all those big ugly bins that are along the roadside and on every corner. Let persons put out their trash in covered bins like they do in developed countries and the truck comes around and picks them up every other day or even every day. There should be bins at each household for glass, paper, plastic etc... Those huge bins along the roadsides harbor rats etc....


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