The sister islands garbage transfer project that was announced by Minister for Health and Social Development, Hon. Ronnie Skelton last year is moving closer to implementation stage. The Minister announced on NDP radio on 15 September that much of the required infrastructure needed for the project is in place.
Hon. Skelton announced that the transfer of garbage project is moving along, and that although the process of getting the garbage from Jost Van Dyke to Tortola has not begun, the building needed has been erected and the compactor is in place.
The Health Minister said that the implementation of the project has encountered a setback, which he said will be sorted out. The waste disposal project for the sister islands was first mentioned on 18 February, 2013 during the NDP radio program. During, that broadcast, the Minister announced that the new system required that the trash from the other islands be transported to Tortola.
Hon. Skelton explained that the project will ensure that some of the Territory’s waste is recycled and that the rest is burned. He told the public: “Solid waste collection is a very difficult and troubling subject in this country, and it stems from derelict vehicles all the way to little pieces of paper along the road. We have garbage collection from Anegada to Jost Van Dyke, contracts were given out and there are people responsible for specific areas. That is being done, but there are difficulties. We are looking at the future,” the Minister divulged.
“We are hoping to bring the garbage from Anegada, Jost Van Dyke and Virgin Gorda to Tortola for the incinerator. There will also be a separation of garbage, a recycling process where we take out the cans, the bottles and the metal.”
He added that the new garbage disposal method will require a change in the mindset of the people for it to be successful. “We are running a pilot project in Anegada and now we are waiting for some equipment which is some compactors to transfer the garbage from these various sites to the incinerator.”