The V.I. Waste Management Authority stopped collecting bulk waste and scrap metal at the temporary Bournefield Convenience Center over the weekend, according to the WMA. The site will continue to be used for household waste only. All other waste, including bulk waste, white goods like washing machines and other special waste like electronic trash must be taken directly to the Bovoni Landfill or the household hazardous waste center at Bovoni.
The Bournefield site is an interim convenience center, located across from the V.I. Port Authority’s maintenance department. It opened in April of 2014 for household residential use only. The site was opened to provide expanded services and to consolidate two west end bin sites.
But the site has been plagued with illegal dumping of bulk waste and other special waste from businesses rather than residences. The illegal dumping has generated too much bulk and scrap metal waste, including mixed loads of waste. The mixed loads contain all types of waste including hazardous items that cannot be disposed of in the landfill and must be sorted before final disposal, according to WMA. This has taken time, money and labor. Since WMA does not have the resources and infrastructure at the site for a full-fledged convenience center, WMA is ceasing bulk waste and white goods collection for the health and safety of residents and staff.
Anyone dumping illegally will be subject to fines.
The Bournefield sites is solely for household waste and trash. Business and commercial wast must be taken directly to the landfill. Any business found in violation will be cited. Citations start at $1,000.