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Marine Debris Action Plan Charts a Way Toward Cleaner Coastlines

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.

Video Challenge Asks Students to Help ‘Keep the V.I. Clean’

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.

Garbage Piling up as Government Grapples with Cash Shortages, Violence

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.
Sewage seeps out of a manhole near Pond Mouth and flows to Enighed Pond and the nearby open ocean. (Photo provided by Sylvia Kudirka)

Fix Seems to Be Holding for STJ’s Pond Mouth Sewage Facility

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 trash-reduction system's pasteurized by-product (Zewan photo)

Territory Looking at System to Reduce Garbage at Landfills by 70 Percent

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.

Waste Management OKs Lease for Landfill Compactors, with Financial Conditions

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.
Smoke rises from a fire at the Anguilla Landfill. (Susan Ellis photo)

*Update – Reopened Same Day* Anguilla Landfill On Fire for Ninth Time in a Year

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.

Junior Achievement Campers Provide Solutions to Territorial Waste

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.

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