V.I. Waste Management proposes closing, moving St. Croix bin sites

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ST. CROIX - The V.I. Waste Management Authority is planning changes for two of the last three open bin sites on the island.

The authority is inviting St. Croix residents to a series of town meetings to discuss the proposed closure of the Cotton Valley bin site and relocation of the Mon Bijou site, according to V.I. Waste Management Authority spokeswoman Stella Saunders.

"These proposed actions are part of the plan to reduce the number of open bin sites and introduce additional convenience centers throughout the territory in an effort to improve productivity and reduce operating expenses," Saunders said.

The meeting for the residents who use the Cotton Valley bin site - located near the island's east end - will be held 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Green Cay Marina Conference Room and the meeting for the residents who use the Mon Bijou site - located off Midland Road - will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday in John H. Woodson Junior High School's auditorium.

Ahead of the opening of the Peter's Rest Convenience Center last year, Waste Management Authority officials said they were focused on limiting the number of open bin sites and changing the way residents dispose of their trash to create a more economical and environmentally friendly community.

There are currently only three open bin sites on St. Croix - Mon Bijou, Cotton Valley and Concordia - in addition to the convenience center in Peter's Rest that replaced the open bin site there last year.

For more information, contact the Office of Communications Management at 715-9100 or 690-4218, or email communications@viwma.org

- Contact reporter Fiona Stokes at 714-9149 or email fstokes@dailynews.vi.

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