Public Health Communications Specialist
Ministry of Health/Social Development
The Department of Waste Management has been on a quest to build capacity to better serve the community through effective public and private partnerships.
Director of Waste Management, Mr. Marcus Solomon said that the collaboration between the department and Green VI has been mutually beneficial and he looks forward to their continued support as well as the support and commitment of the community to keep the BVI clean and Green.
“We recently received a Ford F450 Dump Truck and a glass crusher from Green VI. The dump truck will be used to collect recyclables and house-to-house garbage collection. The glass crusher which was donated on October 3, has the capacity to process one cubic ton of crushed glass per hour. The team received training in its operation and initially the processed glass will be used to cover material at the Pockwood Pond dumpsite,” the Director explained.
The Department has also been on a quest to engage the public through community meetings. “We have been meeting with members of the community to solicit their feedback on waste management issues affecting them. I know if we want to inspire the community to do their part we have to make ourselves accessible to them so that we can hear what their concerns are,” Mr. Solomon said.
So far, according to Mr. Solomon the meetings have been going great. “The department has been receiving great feedback and we look forward to creating more synergy between us and the community, because we cannot do it by ourselves. To improve waste management operations locally there must be a solid collaboration with the private sector and the community and we will do our best to foster these relationships,” he said.
The Department of Waste Management is committed to ensuring that the natural beauty of the Territory is enhanced by utilising state of the art waste management technology to ensure timely collection disposal, and where possible, the recycling of waste.