I love that the head of Waste Management feels people will never separate their trash here. Um,maybe you give them incentives? She is basically saying people can't/won't change.
Trash and recycling
When I see the way many people treat the dumpster sites - ignoring all the rules - throwing bags all over the site, leaving large items like refrigerators, stoves etc, leaving waste oil and TV's and other toxic materials, stores who use public dumpsters not a private service - yes, I can agree with her in many ways - It must be very discouraging -- and the disregard of the dumping public certainly does not instill any pride in our island or give any reason to believe people will change. Just my observations on a daily basis.
The dumpster system could easily work just fine if they were emptied regularly and not abused the way people do now.
They could remedy the situation of people leaving furniture, appliances, etc., by having a separate walk in bin for those items.
Waste Mismanagement Authority has made no inroads with recycling because they haven't even tried, despite offers of FREE help and advise.
Instead, a few years back, they paid a million dollars to a company for a study to charge a tax on every item brought into the VI, at full weight at landing, which was shot down due to public outrage and PSC.
The guy Mapp was renting his $12,500.00 per month villa from has a contract from WMA to haul garbage. WMA doesn't manage waste, they manage contracts for waste haulers. They don't know how to manage waste. Look at the methane system they installed that burned up. Everyone with an smidgen of intelligence would know that those pits have to be lined. They weren't, they burnt and wasted all the money invested in that project. On a trip to the dump a couple years ago, I saw a huge conveyor belt, sitting, rusting, out in the open. I asked what it was and the guy at the dump told me it was purchased by WMA but they bought the wrong "ting" at the cost of
$55 thousand dollars, so there it sat. Going to the dump is an incredibly unpleasant experience, I might add.
They have not made attempts at educating the public with regard to to recycling. When I'm in the states, I recycle. Of course, up there I don't have to take my trash on a scenic island tour to dispose of it, either. I just put it out on the expected days, sorted and it's picked up.
There are less bin sites while the amount of trash we produce just increases. They need someone in charge that actually is knowledgeable about managing waste. Cornwall is an epic FAIL.
People sort their garbage for disposal at the Peters Rest site every day.
The site in Lindberg Bay is designed to be a collection point for appliances etc. -- people still just drop them at whatever dumpster they can.