Press Release
8 November 2019 - 3:29pm

Metal and derelict collection resumes as the Government of the Virgin Islands continues to clean up the Territory.

Minister for Health and Social Development Honourable Carvin Malone said that clearing the metals and derelicts at the collection site in Pockwood Pond is an important step in the overall Waste Management Strategy.  

He stated, “We needed to get the works done at this site so that we can then clean up Sea Cows bay, clean up Cox Heath and clean up Paraquita Bay and then put a clean-up campaign [in place] for the entire Territory….when we are done we want to have the Waste Management Act passed so that we will have stiff penalties for anyone who is intent on breaking the laws in terms of how they dispose their waste.”

A 5,000 ton barge will transport the metals and derelicts out of the Territory in partnership with Caribbean Environmental Restoration Limited. The vessel will travel in and out of the Territory within the coming weeks in an effort to complete the processing and transporting of derelicts from Virgin Gorda as well.

The Department of Waste Management has collected 12,000 tons of scrap metal and 3000 derelicts since 2017 and is continuing the collection process. Owners or residents who are in need of assistance are asked to contact (284) 468-4934 to schedule collection free of cost.

The Ministry of Health and Social Development aspires to provide a caring and integrated system of health and social services that facilitates the recovery of human development and quality of life in the British Virgin Islands.

 

Photo Caption and Audio: 

Audio Clip: Honourable Carvin Malone, Minister for Health and Social Development.

Caption 1 of 3: Vessels stationed at Pockwood Pond for metal and derelict collection. (Photo Credit: Ronnielle Frazer/GIS)

Caption 2 of 3: BVI Health Minister Carvin Malone, Waste Management team and Caribbean Environmental Restoration Limited team at the derelict site in Pockwood Pond. (Photo Credit: Ronnielle Frazer/GIS)

Caption 3 of 3: BVI Health Minister Carvin Malone speaking with the Waste Management team at the derelict site in Pockwood Pond. (Photo Credit: Ronnielle Frazer/GIS)

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Adrianna J. Soverall

Ag. Public Health Communications Specialist
Ministry of Health and Social Development
Telephone: 468-3701 ext. 852 7742
Email:    asoverall@gov.vg

 

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