Waste Management has Carnival clean-up covered

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Despite budget cuts, the Waste Management Authority has reprogrammed money and will be able to cover all of the clean-up and waste hauling required during Carnival.

Waste Management Authority spokeswoman Stella Saunders said the funding typically comes from the Tourism Advertising Revolving Fund, but the authority has not received the full allotment.

The Waste Management Authority was appropriated $300,000 from the fund to help with the clean-up and trash removal associated with each island's Carnival activities, and the agency should get a quarterly allotment of about $75,000.

For the first quarter, they got $72,500 and did not receive anything for the second quarter, according to Waste Management Authority officials.

Saunders said by using money from the operating budget to pay for Carnival services, other programs and services will be cut. The final decisions on where the money will come from have not yet been made, she said.

The waste haulers have agreed to charge the same rates as last year to ensure coverage, Saunders said.

The contractors are Jama Landscaping; First Sons Landscaping; Joseph Schulterbrandt; Franklin Schulterbrandt Landscaping; LB Construction; and J&D Construction, according to the Waste Management Authority.

Two new programs to help divert waste during Carnival will be in effect in the Carnival Village, according to Saunders.

Cooking oil cannot be disposed of in the regular trash or through the sewer or storm drains, which has been a problem for food vendors. This year, the company Bio-Wave will pick up used cooking oil from village vendors for free and will dispose of it properly, Saunders said.

Village vendors also are being asked to separate out aluminum cans from their garbage. Saunders said special bags were distributed to vendors, and the waste haulers who pick up trash from the village each night will take the bags of cans and deliver them to the authority for recycling. The money earned from the recycled cans will fund prizes for school children who participate in the agency's "Yes, We Can Recycle the Can" program.

As the Waste Management Authority has done in past years, trash bags will be distributed at the beginning of the parades Friday and Saturday to encourage people to collect their garbage. If the full bags are left along the parade route, they will be collected by the authority's contractors.

Anyone caught illegally disposing of any type of waste could face a $1,000 fine and up to 180 days in jail.

For more information, contact 715-9110 or visit www.viwma.org.

- Contact reporter Aldeth Lewin at 714-9111 or email alewin@dailynews.vi.

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