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NDP promises heavy fines, jail time for garbage dumpers

-Proposes surveillance cameras to catch dumpers in the act
Leading the charge on the soar issue was Territorial At-Large Candidate, Mr Trefor A. Grant. In a play of words he noted, “Pride in the environment is also key to our health and living, and it’s also key to our tourism product.” Photo: Facebook
The National Democratic Party (NDP 1) is now promising to “get tight” on this situation if re-elected, saying they will institute heavy fines and jail time for those caught in the act. This is one of several promises that campaigners of the NDP have now put on the platter and presented to residents last night February 2, 2019, during the official launch their Ninth District Candidate, Hon Hubert R. O’Neal aka “Bertie”. Photo: Facebook
The National Democratic Party (NDP 1) is now promising to “get tight” on this situation if re-elected, saying they will institute heavy fines and jail time for those caught in the act. This is one of several promises that campaigners of the NDP have now put on the platter and presented to residents last night February 2, 2019, during the official launch their Ninth District Candidate, Hon Hubert R. O’Neal aka “Bertie”. Photo: Facebook
SPANISH TOWN, Virgin Gorda, VI - The open burning of garbage and improper disposal of waste in the communities of Virgin Gorda is an age-old menace to residents there, who have repeatedly called on the government to have it rectified.

The National Democratic Party (NDP 1) is now promising to “get tight” on this situation if re-elected, saying they will institute heavy fines and jail time for those caught in the act.

This is one of several promises that campaigners of the NDP have now put on the platter and presented to residents last night February 2, 2019, during the official launch their Ninth District Candidate, Hon Hubert R. O’Neal aka “Bertie”.

Pride in environment

Leading the charge on the soar issue was Territorial At-Large Candidate, Mr Trefor A. Grant. In a play of words he noted, “Pride in the environment is also key to our health and living, and it’s also key to our tourism product.”

“Its key to how long the baths will remain beautiful, Its key to how long our shorelines remain free of piles of garbage, Its key to how our beautiful beaches which we are known for remaining pristine so we can enjoy them to relax and unwind,” he said.

He continued, “Our guests return over and over to the Virgin Islands because they love it, we have one of the highest guest return rates in the Caribbean, so we have to preserve this!”

He said in government, the NDP will be a team of environment bulldogs, “All of this ‘willy nilly’ dumping of garbage all over the place will stop! And this isn’t just old talk, like saying oh we have to keep the BVI clean. It takes more than that!”

No Lip service – Grant

He said that he has taken the time to personally sit down with local and international professionals on waste management to flesh out and share ideas on how to get the unsightly situation under control and stop paying lip service.

According to Mr Grant, a new NDP government will look into solutions like converting waste in energy plants to lower emissions, institute house to house community garbage pickup and they will review the laws and policies that surround waste management since some of them are woefully outdated.

 “This will allow us to institute the proper legislation to bring clarity to the future of waste management, plus the necessary framework needed to deal with the few people who dump garbage without regard for our territory.”

They also plan to review and overhaul if necessary, the waste management strategy so that government can articulate to the people through educational campaigns, meetings, broadcasts and school visits.

However, in the interim, he said, “we will push for the installation of cameras at many high volume garbage areas so that the dumpers can be caught, significantly fined (not just $150.00) and even jailed for repeat offences. This is the level that this team is on. It’s a serious matter and this NDP team under Myron Walwyn is going to deal with it.”

16 Responses to “NDP promises heavy fines, jail time for garbage dumpers ”

  • vex (03/02/2019, 11:11) Like (23) Dislike (5) Reply
    Pure talk
  • E. Leonard (03/02/2019, 12:02) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    Given the BVI’s small size, proper disposal/processing of solid waste steam has always been a major challenge for it. An increasing population, coupled with national growth and development,.......etc has resulted in increased waste generation, exacerbating an already challenging problem. Large locales have the acreage to construct landfills that can last at least a 100 years or more. The BVI does not have this option. Looking ahead, incineration will be the primary mode of processing waste. The BVI is not a contiguous country; it is spread over approx 36 islands, islets, cays, and rocks. As such, any comprehensive waste disposal plan must address how waste is process on the sister/outlying islands. To reduce the volume of waste that needs to be process by incineration or landfalling, a strong recycling programme must be put in place. Recycling also will be a challenge so perhaps the BVI may need to cooperate and collaborate with its close neighbor the USVI, along with other regional countries, on managing its recycling waste stream. Container ships come to the territory fully loaded with goods but make the return trip relatively empty (empty return trips increase the cost to importers and customers).Government/private second may need to look at partnering with an external company(s) to take its recycle waste.

    Moreover, no doubt, enforcement must be an integral part of a comprehensive solid waste management plan. Proper solid waste management is a health, safety, environmental protection, education, appearance/aesthetically pleasing........etc issue. The initial effort should be a strong effort to educate and pursue residents behavioral change. Residents must be educated on the value of proper waste disposal to tourism(1/2 of economic twin pillars) , protect the environment, ie, protecting the territorial sea, protecting reefs, seabeds, quality of coastal waters.....etc; protecting attractions, protecting marine food sources, ie, fish, turtle, conchs, whelks.......etc. Further, proper solid waste management and environmental effort is not only for the quiet and enjoyment of visitors but also for the benefit of people that call Nature’s Litle Secret home. Recycle, recover, and reuse. Educate, protect environment and enforce. Heavy fines and jail time should be a last resort.
    • Disinterested (04/02/2019, 13:30) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      “Container ships come to the territory fully loaded with goods but make the return trip relatively empty (empty return trips increase the cost to importers and customers).Government/private second may need to look at partnering with an external company(s) to take its recycle waste.“ Forward thinking. WM below shared a similar suggestion.
  • Greg (03/02/2019, 12:28) Like (17) Dislike (4) Reply
    Ooooo so angry. Not a four years for he.
  • Nandy (03/02/2019, 12:30) Like (39) Dislike (8) Reply
    The only political garbage I see here is this NDP government.

    Rip off the people and now talking trash when they should be in jail.

    NDP= National Dump Party
  • wow (03/02/2019, 12:33) Like (25) Dislike (1) Reply
    I agree we people living here in the BVI some of us to damm nasty and don't care. Check the Cayman Islands they have that law
  • voter (03/02/2019, 13:20) Like (23) Dislike (5) Reply
    Poor hubert he going down
  • wize up (03/02/2019, 13:59) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
    where will the money come from
  • Jessica Jones (03/02/2019, 16:39) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    Countries that are 1000 times bigger than BVI can kept clean. Why the heck we can't keep our little 2×4 islands clean? Struppess.
  • 2 grand (03/02/2019, 18:50) Like (3) Dislike (4) Reply
    the born here do what I want mentality is what have we so
    • Topic? Garbage (04/02/2019, 13:21) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
      You all does sound so sick with that - the born here had to born somewhere. What does that have to do with the nasty people who throw their garbage on the ground or out of cars and boats instead of into the garbage bins?
  • Wow! (03/02/2019, 21:44) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    Is tis a joke! Heavy fines, what about ur run n mates who mishandled government funds. Lol wow!!!!!!!
  • Wow! (03/02/2019, 21:44) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Is tis a joke! Heavy fines, what about ur run n mates who mishandled government funds. Lol wow!!!!!!!
  • WM (04/02/2019, 09:03) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    There needs to be developed a comprehensive environmental management policy that addresses present and future waste disposal needs. Furthermore, there needs to be general acceptance that we want a clean and sanitary place, in which case we must also agree to raise our standard and play our part, including paying on a regular basis. Most places that have sound waste management practices impose monthly rates or fees. Part of this policy would be to provide better access in terms of disposing of large items. Many don't have access to transport such, and so they get dumped somewhere more convenient. This could be avoided through periodic big item collection days. Imported vehicles should be subject to a disposal fee so there are funds to get rid of them when they eventually die. Fee refundable if you ship the car out of the Territory. Better public transport would reduce the need to buy a vehicle to begin with. We already pay for the empty containers to be shipped back so why can't we negotiate with the shippers to take the pallets back for re-use. Contractors paid to remove dumpsters should be required to maintain the areas they are placed clean of visible debris and so on...

    IMHO it's madness to just start fining people without improving the existing system, which worked fine when the world was a simpler place. Better to come up with a long term plan, and then implement it.
  • Wow! (04/02/2019, 23:40) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    ...institute heavy fines and jail time for those caught in the act? Well, let’s crush the large corruption bugs and then we can tackle the litter bugs.
  • BIG E (06/02/2019, 00:06) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    WILL BROHER MAN YOU REALL MENT WHAT YOU ARE SAYING. SOME OF THOSE PEOPLE ARE IN YOUR NDP PARTY YOU KNOW WHO THEY ARE CALL THE OUT. I WISH THEY WERE DOWN HERE IN THE US. THEY WILL TAKE EVERY THING THEY OWN AND LOCK THE UP. THE SYSTEM IS SO WEAK EVERY ONE DOES WHAT THEY WANT AND NOTHING HAPPENED.SO EVERY THING REMAIN THE SAME.


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