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Governor Considering New COVID-19 Restrictions to be Announced Monday

The governor is considering new COVID-19 restrictions to take effect on Monday as officials struggle to get community spread of the virus under control amid the territory’s second Stay at Home order since March.

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.
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 billows on Sunday afternoon from a fire at the Anguilla Landfill, adjacent to the Henry E. Rohlsen Airport on St. Croix. (Source photo by Susan Ellis)

Angilla Landfill Closed by Fire – Again

For at least the eighth time in the last year and the fourth time this year, the Anguilla Landfill on St. Croix was closed Saturday because of a fire.

WMA Plans Anguilla Landfill Closure at Annual Meeting

The board of the V.I. Waste Management Authority Thursday started a weekend annual meeting discussing plans to shut down the St. Croix Anguilla Landfill in the next two years. In 2018, the federal government ordered the landfill to close.
Smoke billows on Sunday afternoon from a fire at the Anguilla Landfill, adjacent to the Henry E. Rohlsen Airport on St. Croix. (Source photo by Susan Ellis)

Fire Burning at Anguilla Landfill

Firefighters continued to battle a blaze at the Anguilla Landfill on St. Croix Tuesday night, according to a news release issued at 11:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Sargassum piles up in Christiansted harbor Aug. 16 – and the problem on St. Croix is not considered as bad as it is on the beaches of St. Thomas. Source photo by Susan Ellis)

Islands Stagger Under Weight of Sargassum

A Waste Management Authority spokesperson Friday denied a report that the agency is about to stop accepting sargassum at the St. Thomas landfill, but said it recognizes the continuing volume of seaweed drifting into V.I. waters and that the rotting on its shorelines is a serious problem.
Volunteer Maven Parsil stacks crushed aluminum cans at Island Green Living Association. (Source photo by Amy Roberts)

Recycling in the USVI: Part Three, Community Groups Take Action

Although the problems of dealing with the territory’s solid waste may seem insurmountable, there are dozens of examples of individuals and community groups taking steps to address the problem.

Recycling in the USVI: Part 1, Government Action and Inaction

In the U.S. Virgin Islands, household waste of every kind goes in one bag and ultimately winds up in the landfill in Anguilla on St. Croix or Bovoni on St. Thomas. Both of these sites have been slated for closing for years.

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