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Premier to lead nationwide clean-up campaign

Plans are afoot for a comprehensive clean-up of the Virgin Islands (VI) led by Premier and Minister of Finance, Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1). Photo: Team of Reporters/File
“All community groups including businesses, churches, schools, non-governmental organisations and homeowners are encouraged to join forces to clean up the BVI and strategically combat the growing waste management problem,” the release noted. Photo: Adrianna Soverall/MHSD
“All community groups including businesses, churches, schools, non-governmental organisations and homeowners are encouraged to join forces to clean up the BVI and strategically combat the growing waste management problem,” the release noted. Photo: Adrianna Soverall/MHSD
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Plans are afoot for a comprehensive clean-up of the Virgin Islands (VI) led by Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1).

This is according to a Government Information Service (GIS) release dated April 10, 2019, which says that project will span 6 months while noting that an official statement on the initiative will be made by the Premier on April 22, 2019, in observance of Earth Day.

Come Together

“All community groups including businesses, churches, schools, non-governmental organisations and homeowners are encouraged to join forces to clean up the BVI and strategically combat the growing waste management problem,” the release noted.

Deputy Secretary in the Premier’s Office, Mrs Geraldine Ritter-Freeman said, “While the Government is seeking to coordinate this effort and provide the support and resources needed to achieve the set objectives, it is incumbent upon the communities to organise, mobilise and to collectively clean up our Territory.”

Mrs Freeman added, “The wider community has also taken the initiative to clean up select areas, such as graveyards, beaches and national parks, which is expected to continue.”

VG takes lead

According to the release, the initiative has already begun in Virgin Gorda (VG) with an intense derelict collection project which is being executed in collaboration with the Department of Solid Waste and the Recovery and Development Agency. 

12 Responses to “Premier to lead nationwide clean-up campaign ”

  • NICK (10/04/2019, 18:47) Like (30) Dislike (2) Reply
    That is the best news ever ! I just had guests here recently who were so disappointed by the mess of old cars, boats, backhoes and debris that they left Tortola early for St John and loved it. They have been coming here for decades and could not believe their eyes. Most of the mess is stuff that could be moved , if anyone cared. The place has become a junk pile and the tourists all see it.

    Thank-you Premier Fahie....great vision and leadership . Let's make it everybody's responsibility to show some pride and keep the tourists coming.
    • yea right (11/04/2019, 05:05) Like (11) Dislike (3) Reply
      Your guest couldn’t be coming here for decades, because it always old cars,boats,backhoes and debris around. And that’s before the hurricanes. Tortola always had a solid waste problem. People don’t know how to part with their garbage. Even their own household garbage they scorn by putting it on the roof of their vehicles to dispose of but by the time they reach the green bins they forget that they had trash to dispose of and guess where the trash ends up? On the public roads.
    • wize up (11/04/2019, 07:13) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
      @ NICK: hello nick why when we speak about a cleaner BVI most of us always have to make reference to the tourist: dont the people of these british virgin islands deserves a clean territory: lets all keep the territory clean for the residents and we share that clean community with anyone who came here....nothing personal however we need to keep our country clean and not specifically to impress the tourist...Virgin Islands Pride!!!!!!
      • NICK (11/04/2019, 15:24) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        @ Wize up. You are very correct. I was just referring to a recent experience with outside eyes. I am also disgusted by the state of the island these days. I agree with you that the BVI needs to be proud and tidy this place up.
  • apple pie (10/04/2019, 19:00) Like (27) Dislike (3) Reply
    They will never get the vip out of office
  • 1 (11/04/2019, 01:44) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    Dr Fahie is sure leading by example
  • Nice girl good job (11/04/2019, 09:33) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Good job l know you the best primar we had good job
  • apple pie (11/04/2019, 09:58) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    Ndp was to high and mighty to lead a clean up campaign

    Shirt and tie don’t win elections
    • Pleas (11/04/2019, 11:35) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
      Take a look around the properties of the same people you here talking about. They lead by example but some of us too dawn nasty to follow.
  • brent (11/04/2019, 15:20) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is great news!! I spent most of my time during my last vacation collecting garbage on the beach, and would easily gather a garbage bag full each day! something unheard of 47 years ago when my family first started visiting the islands. Over the years I have noticed more and more garbage on the side of roads when there are clearly signs posted of littering offences. Seems redundant if the fines are neither handed out nor imposed!! Lets all work together to ensure the BVI's remain as beautiful as they are and true to the motto 'Natures best little secret'
  • Bad Habits (12/04/2019, 13:04) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    There are people with nasty habits of throwing garbage is bushes
    and on people property.
    A hefty fine for those culprits needs to be imposed.
    It needs to stop here and now


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