A composting programme, a statutory board to oversee solid waste, and a pollution management programme at the Pockwood Pond incinerator are among the moves recommended in the Virgin Islands’ first Comprehensive Solid Waste Management Strategy.
The document, which was laid on the table in the House of Assembly last Thursday by Health and Social Development Minister Ronnie Skelton, includes an assessment of the territory’s current waste management practices as well as plans for the future.
“Most of the recommended plans of action can be implemented by the Department of Waste Management and the Ministry of Health and Social Development, particularly in the areas of waste collection, recycling, waste reduction, public education, the development of staff and human resources, waste transfer stations, waste to energy processing, ash management and the establishment and operation of a Materials Recovery Facility,” Mr. Skelton said when he laid the report on the table.
He added that the more complex recommendations, such as establishing a waste management statutory board and measures for generating revenue, can be phased in.
Charlotte McDevitt, the executive director of the non-profit advocacy group Green VI, said the strategy is a step in the right direction when it comes to managing waste in the territory.
See the March 20, 2014 edition for full coverage.