As residents of the First District and surrounding areas continue to complain of the noxious irritation associated with the smoke and fumes from the Pockwood Pond incinerator Minister for Health and Social Development Hon. Carvin Malone announced that his Ministry is working hard to solve the problem which has been affecting Tortola and neighboring St. John (USVI).

During the contract signing ceremony for to dismantling of the incinerator at Pockwood Pond on 15 November the Minister for Health announced that efforts to have a properly functioning incinerator are proceeding well. “We were able to have electricals already 90 percent installed and the control panels are either on their way or should be here and we would be moving post haste in getting this done.”

The Minister explained that the old incinerator had to be dismantled to make room for the improvements to the facility. He said: “The incinerator project at Pockwood Pond is one in which we have had the older unit that has been standing there and we are making room for a more advanced unit.”

“Removal of the old incinerator will serve two purposes. Number one it will make room for a more advanced and more technologically sound incinerator that we  can make use of the space and proximity to Electricity Corporation because we have waste to energy efficiency type service that we are looking at,” Hon. Malone further explained.

Noting the steps that are being taken to address the current situation the Health Minister stated: “What is critical for us is that first things first is once we get the old incinerator moved, we reenergize and recommission the other incinerator then we can look in terms of the new one.”

Further, Hon. Malone mentioned that the fixing of the incinerator will formally usher in Territory-wide recycling. “Then we can advance the whole concept of recycling and reuse and proper collection systems.” the Health Minister explained.