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VIWMA: Clean-Up of Cotton Valley Dumpster Site Began This Week And Will Be Complete In Seven Days

CHRISTIANSTED — The Virgin Islands Waste Management Authority (VIWMA) said it began cleaning up the Cotton Valley public bin site on Tuesday and it should be completed by next Friday.

The cleanup is a collaborative effort between the Department of Public Works and the Authority. The cleanup will improve the aesthetics of the site thus minimizing indiscriminate dumping of waste.

The bin site is scheduled for upgrade similar to that of the Peter’s Rest Convenience Center on St. Croix and the Mandahl Convenience Center on St. Thomas.

This change would afford residents an opportunity to conveniently dispose of household waste at an organized, welllit and manned facility.

The Authority reminds businesses that only household waste is to be disposed of at public bin sites and that illegal dumping is a crime. Landscaping businesses are required to dispose of green waste at the St. Croix Transfer Station for processing.

Persons found in violation of the Territory’s litter laws are subject to a fine of $1,000 and/or 180 days in jail. Residents are also reminded to report illegal dumping by calling our 24-Hour Hotline at 844-WMA-USVI (844-962- 8784).

The VIWMA Preserving Paradise Team continues to work diligently to provide reliable services and would like to thank the community for their cooperation and support.

For more information, contact the Office of Communications Management at 340-513-4171 or email

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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