The Virgin Islands has received a $1.15 million grant from the US Dept. of the Interior to help clean up scrap metal and tires stockpiled around the territory’s landfills. The clean up will be done around Anguilla Landfill on St Croix and Bovoni Landfill on St Thomas.
The grant will help the Waste Management Authority address the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s order requiring scrap metals gathered around the landfills to be safely disposed of, according to the press release. The money will be used to collect, transport, clean and treat scrap materials collected around the landfills. Waste Management is expected to “safely process nearly 40 percent of the illegal waste that has been accumulated and ship scrap tires to an approved recycling or disposal facility in an environmentally sound manner.”
Waste Management Authority executive director May Adams Cornwall said the money for removing the scrap metal will help pay for removing toxic fluids from junked vehicles, crushing them and sending them off-island for recycling. It will also pay to remove other scrap metals from the landfills.