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WMA Begins Paying Debts

The Waste Management Authority board on Tuesday jumped right into solving an issue that has been plaguing it for years – debt to vendors. The issue was able to be addressed because the V.I. Senate recently set aside $15 million for the purpose.

Waste Haulers May Get Paid; Senators Want Public’s Help in Keeping V.I. Clean

Although Senators' main action at Thursday’s Finance Committee hearing was to advance a bill appropriating $15 million to the Waste Management Authority for outstanding debts to waste haulers, lawmakers also took the time to address the public about keeping the U.S. Virgin Islands clean.

Legislators Attempt to Combat Tire Disposal Dilemma

The U.S. Virgin Islands has struggled with tire disposal for over a decade, with countless reports of discarded tires showing up in mangroves, tucked into lush island vegetation and piled high in back streets.
V.I. Clean Coasts is focusing on eliminating single-use plastics, including these plastic straws that ended up on Coki Beach. (Photo by Kitty Edwards)

Observing Plastic Free July Still Possible in Time of COVID-19

It will take a little more dedication than usual to eliminate plastic waste this summer, but Plastic Free July, an international movement that began in Australia in 2011, is here to help.
Students All Saints Cathedral School students Nyla Vanterpool and Omar Brown fill their water bottles at the first refillable water station to be placed in a territory school. (Source photo by Bethaney Lee)

Territory Schools Begin to Receive Water Refill Stations

All Saints Cathedral School is the first in the territory to be given a water refill station, along with a personal reusable water bottle for every student, a project that has been in the making for over two years.

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.
Sen. Marvin Blyden calls Robert O’Connor 'a humble giant.' (File photo by Barry Leerdam for the V.I. Legislature)

WMA Employees Not Eligible for Hazardous Retirement Benefits

Employees of the V.I. Waste Management Authority who work with dangerous chemicals are not eligible for hazardous retirement benefits because of an action that should have been taken 10 years ago but was not.

Sustainable Roof Project Creates Shingles from Recycled Plastic

The VI Wise Sustainable Roof Project is the brainchild of Kimberly Shumaker, who started it shortly after Hurricanes Irma and Maria devastated homes across the territory, leaving many without proper roofs.

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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