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Vehicle registration will be withheld for persons engaged in illegal dumping- Hon Malone

- said cameras will be mounted to catch offenders
The Government of the Virgin Islands will be reforming the laws to give it teeth in order address issues of illegal and improper dumping, according to Deputy Premier and Minister for Health and Social Development Honourable Carvin Malone, left. (AL). Photo: VINO/File
A landfill fire at Pockwood Pond, Tortola, on February 3, 2020. Photo: Team of Reporters
A landfill fire at Pockwood Pond, Tortola, on February 3, 2020. Photo: Team of Reporters
Waste buildup outside of the incinerator plant at Pockwood Pond, Tortola on January 27, 2020. Photo: VINO
Waste buildup outside of the incinerator plant at Pockwood Pond, Tortola on January 27, 2020. Photo: VINO
The incinerator at Pockwood Pond returned to operation over a week ago, after more than a year of inoperation due to a fire that damaged its control panel. Photo: VINO
The incinerator at Pockwood Pond returned to operation over a week ago, after more than a year of inoperation due to a fire that damaged its control panel. Photo: VINO
SEA COWS BAY, Tortola, VI- The Government of the Virgin Islands will be reforming the laws to give it 'teeth' in order address issues of illegal and improper dumping, according to Deputy Premier and Minister for Health and Social Development Honourable Carvin Malone (AL).

“I am passing down and I am seeing a 23 cubit ft refrigerator sitting on the side of the bin, now they could have gone down to the dump with that, they had to have some effort to take that out the truck and put it down next to the bin. Why not go and take it to its proper location?” Hon Malone told residents of the Third District during a community meeting at the Valerie O. Thomas Community Centre in Sea Cows Bay on January 30, 2020.

According to Hon Malone, there will be constant fines until performance improves.

“When the cameras go up, the number of the [licence] plates will go down, they would be sent to DMV and until you pay your fine you cannot get your vehicle registered. We have to get this done.”

Enforcement of laws will be a priority 'immediately'- Premier Fahie

Premier and Minister of Finance Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1), during his budget presentation on November 19, 2019 in the House of Assembly (HoA), had emphasised that bulk waste must be taken to the waste facility at Pockwood Pond for proper disposal.

“Citizens are reminded that it is an offence that carries a fine to dispose of household items such as furniture, fridges, stoves, etcetera, at the various garbage collection outlets.

“Enforcement of these laws will be a priority immediately,” Premier Fahie said, adding that a clean Virgin Islands is “all of our business.”

Small issues with incinerator being addressed

Meanwhile, residents were given the assurance by Hon Malone that the Department of Waste Management is close to being in a position to better dispose and manage waste at the incinerator at Pockwood Pond.

The incinerator was out of commission for over a year after a major fire that destroyed the control panel among other key components in November 2018.

The wait for a replacement control panel had been long and resulted in a build-up of solid waste and burying at Pockwood Pond.

Many landfill fires broke out as a result, causing inconvenience and health concerns for many.

According to Hon Malone, with the complete installation of the new control panel at the plant over a week ago, a number of minor mechanical problems were subsequently discovered.

“It has been tested, it is running. There are some mechanical issues because this heat that came out of the fire, it affected other areas. There were some water leaks because of some pipes also some hose that needed to be replaced.”

Nevertheless, the incinerator is still functional and once at its optimum “It would then reduce the need to bury untreated garbage up on the landfill,” Hon Malone assured, as he explained that the untreated garbage usually consists of, among other things, empty and/or damaged propane tanks, along with the other types of garbage that produces its own gases and the spontaneous combustions.

“So it was not a programme where they went and lit the fires in order to get it burnt. They have it buried, buried, buried but you have these cases wherever you have landfill fires in St Croix, fires in St Martin, everywhere you have a landfill situation. The only way to get this done is going back to what we are doing, get the incinerator moving.”

14 Responses to “Vehicle registration will be withheld for persons engaged in illegal dumping- Hon Malone”

  • Westend (04/02/2020, 07:17) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply

    We smelled the smoke all night Feb 3 in the westend. Same old sh** .

    • lord o. (04/02/2020, 07:44) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
      Illegal dumping is bad. People are very wilful and they should made to pay... Not for the minister to decide the punishment....
  • Just saying (04/02/2020, 07:25) Like (0) Dislike (9) Reply
    Hope my vip government who I voted for all the way do not become oppressive
  • Hmmm. He is. J n Jury (04/02/2020, 07:42) Like (2) Dislike (10) Reply
    For some people only.. this place is full of bias. .. I think getting the hospital internet up and running should be more of a priority for this Minister... Imagine you in the hospital u have no internet. U can't communicate... It's going to be the same excuses they gave us 2 months ago..... Wonder why a solution took so long.....if illegal dumping is an offence persecute those that commit the offence and let the Court decide their guilt. Then if found guilty. Then the court decides the punishment. Not the minister pick n chose who he wants to punish....
  • Real Talk (04/02/2020, 08:25) Like (0) Dislike (4) Reply
    I look like malone passing his own laws hello
  • Hell no (04/02/2020, 08:49) Like (3) Dislike (7) Reply
    Is mr malone a magistrate or a judge?
  • Sure (04/02/2020, 09:47) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Like anyone really cares. When was the last time anyone got stopped for expired registration. In many places, a date is designated for people to bring out large items (appiancxes, sofas, etc) for collection but then again, in those places, you pay a monthly garbage bill. Here, we don't want to pay anything, and seem to be cool living amidst trash, so blocking vehicle registration won't amount to much of a deterrent.
    • mp (05/02/2020, 12:32) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      There tried that few yrs ago. I remember Solid Waste had days that you can dump bulky waste and they will collect (FREE). People was still doing what they want. It needs to be re introduce. I don't know how people can buy a new sofas, fridges, washers, beds, etc and thinks its ok to dump the old ones on the road side/infront the bin.
  • TSwift (04/02/2020, 12:39) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    I have the plates of some white dude who left five years or so ago in a drawer. Might be worth something now.
  • me again (04/02/2020, 14:00) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    How long will the cameras last ? They will be stolen or shot in a matter of days , mark my word .BUT IF if it was to work ; like a traffic ticket ; you have 21 days to pay OR go before the courts. OHHH the courts are over booked /over worked /short staffed: My poor country has LOST its NATIONAL PRIDE and IDENTITY as a VIRGIN ISLANDS people WE are -----d. I remember the days when 1) No one will burn leaves on a Sunday 2) No loud music 3) Being quiet when passing ANY church (Saturday or Sunday) 4) drinking water and washing cars from the Ghuts ; Now Not even the animals can drink water as it is all sewerage . 5) Is it that "we" (Virgin Islanders ) have been led astray ? 6) Is it that we have been "out numbered" in our own home ? 7) Or is it that the "people"who have come to live among us have brought some of their "cultural habits" that has a NEGATIVE effect on us ? I don't have the answers but in the 60 years that I have been here things have gone from bad to worse where CLEAN has no meaning . Is it that the old adage need to be "preached" CLEANLINESS IS NEXT TO GODLINESS? Time to raise the bar from painting our buildings / cutting bush around our properties / landscape road side properties /Fix our side walks/ sweep our streets / STOP running household water in the drains and on the streets and the GOVERNMENT develop a NATIONAL SEWERAGE SYSTEM for all the islands . (my thoughts on some one comment that Carvin making laws)
  • Windy (04/02/2020, 16:20) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Who’s going to catch these illegal dumpers ? Police don’t exist. Look at the out of control scooter riders.
  • Concerned (09/02/2020, 20:36) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    CGB needs cameras urgently. Residents need to take pride in where they live; then again once it's out of sight at the other end of the Bay all is well. (Especially that truck with the white hood.)
    Solid waste or Tourist Board need to remove the 'pitch in bins' also as they are used for household garbage. When the bags are too big for the bin, (by the bus stop) they are placed beside it.


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