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NGOs funding extends cleanup efforts to sister islands

Mooooove Garbage: The Anegada waste collection site is now vulnerable to animal invasion. Re-erecting fences will soon address this issue. Photo: Provided
Debris Discussions: L to R: M Head of the Department of Waste Management, Mr. Greg Greg R. Massicote, RDA CEO Paul Bayly and RDA Temporary Project Manager Craig Owen discuss the clean up and reorganisation of the Anegada waste collection site. The Special Debris Clearance project will see the area rearranged and cleaned up considerably. Photo: Provided
Debris Discussions: L to R: M Head of the Department of Waste Management, Mr. Greg Greg R. Massicote, RDA CEO Paul Bayly and RDA Temporary Project Manager Craig Owen discuss the clean up and reorganisation of the Anegada waste collection site. The Special Debris Clearance project will see the area rearranged and cleaned up considerably. Photo: Provided
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The Recovery and Development Agency (RDA) and the Department of Waste Management (DWM) will expand the debris clearance project to Anegada and Virgin Gorda Monday, August 20, 2018—with funding secured from Unite BVI and The Bitter End Yacht Club.

This is according to a Thursday, August 16, 2018, press release from the RDA which stated that the Special Debris Clearance project will begin on Monday, August 20, 2018, and concludes on Wednesday, August 29, 2018.

It was further indicated that “the weeklong programme will address the clearing of left over hurricane debris on Anegada and clearing the existing dumpsite and derelict vehicles on Virgin Gorda.”

The statement divulged that additional funding will also support the resuscitation of tourist attractions on Tortola.

“The second phase of the special debris clearance contract comes weeks after the Tortola and  Jost van Dyke project commenced, and is the result of funding secured from the two organisations that are committed to the recovery of the Virgin Islands. Both Unite BVI and the Bitter End Yacht Club contributed $42,000 each for a total of $84,000; money that will help to fund four debris collection contracts to be awarded Friday 17th August,” the release stated.

The door-to-door system of bulky waste collection has been described as optimal for Anegada, based on the number of homes and residents and the amount of hurricane debris left.

 “Residents on Virgin Gorda will see the clearance of the existing hurricane debris dumpsite as the debris will be placed on a barge and taken away from the Territory. Additionally, approved derelict vehicles will be removed from the temporary dumpsite and available resources will be dedicated to clearing additional cars and debris around the island,” the statement divulged.

It went on to say that the Anegada and Virgin Gorda Special Debris Clearance Project is the second phase of a territory-wide cleanup campaign designed by the Department of Waste Management and powered by the RDA.

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