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While experts say marine debris is a pervasive problem in the Virgin Islands, a collaborative plan for how local organizations can mitigate it has yet to be developed, according to a task force working on the issue. Two workshops held last week aimed to change that.
The V.I. Waste Management Authority along with the departments of Education and Tourism, has launched the “Keep the V.I. Clean” Youth Video Challenge for young Virgin Islanders to show pride in their islands, show off technical skills and get on TV.
As the bins overflow at waste collection sites across St. Thomas, V.I. Waste Management Authority released a statement asking the community for “patience” as it worked to resolve issues that halted bin site collection and house-to-house trash pick up.
A recurring problem at the Pond Mouth lifting station was pouring raw sewage into streets and down to the ocean over the weekend, but it appears to have been resolved – for now.
The territory could be only months and a few million dollars away from not only reducing its landfills’ trash by 70 percent, but also creating jobs and an entirely new economic driver for the U.S. Virgin Islands.
St. Croix’s Anguilla Landfill has only an acre and a half of space left, giving it a life expectancy of one month, according to Adrian Taylor, executive director of V.I. Waste Management Authority.
The fire is located at the northeast corner of the landfill and has been contained as of 3 p.m. Tuesday. Haulers also are asked to hold waste until normal operating hours resume.
Tucked into a conference room at The Ritz-Carlton on St. Thomas, more than 50 students came together to find innovative solutions to a large problem in the Virgin Islands: What to do with the territory’s waste.