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New garbage incinerator earmarked for Tortola – Premier Fahie

New garbage incinerator earmarked for Tortola – Premier Fahie

Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) has announced that a new incinerator will be procured for the main island of Tortola, one that is more environmentally friendly than the current Pockwood Pond operation.

Premier Fahie made the announcement on Budget Day 2020, during the Third Session of the Fourth House of Assembly (HoA) on November 12, 2020.

“Funds have been allocated to procure, develop and assemble a new incinerator on Tortola to include all mechanical, electrical and plumbing works so that we can enhance the disposal of garbage in a manner that protects the environment and surrounding communities,” he said.

Residents in the community of West End, in particular, continue to complain about the smoke pollution from the Pockwood Pond incinerator.

Like the sewage issues in East End/Long Look, many governments have failed to adequately address the issue of pollution despite promises; however, it remains to be seen if the 'unconventional' Virgin Islands Party (VIP) Government, led by Premier Fahie, will be able to effectively tackle this issue.


Premier Andrew A. Fahie made the announcement on Budget Day 2020 during the Third Session of the Fourth House of Assembly (HoA) on November 12, 2020.

EE/Long Look Sewage works commence


Hon Fahie added that the Government remains aware of the public health concerns and will also look into addressing the Territory’s sewerage infrastructure.

“Mr Speaker, your Government has commenced work on the long-awaited and long-overdue East End/Long Look Sewerage Project, and we have given the commitment to the residents that we will see this through.”

He said the project entails the continuation of the development of an integrated sewerage system spanning East End/Long Look, which would include sewerage collection transmission in addition to treatment and disposal system.

“We will also be pressing forward with the Cane Garden Bay Sewerage Project and the Road Town Sewerage Project. These are places where our people live and work, they are popular locations when visitors come, therefore they must be kept to a high standard,” the Premier said.

The incinerator in Pockwood Pond, Tortola, is the lone incinerator in the Virgin Islands.

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