WMA says it is not in breach of contracts with trash haulers

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V.I. Waste Management Authority Executive Director May Adams Cornwall said during budget testimony Thursday before the Senate Finance Committee that the agency is not in breach of contract with its waste haulers.

In the last week, some of the territory's waste haulers have spoken out publicly against a move by the Waste Management Authority to reduce their five-year contract. The authority approached all the haulers and asked them to reduce the number of pick-ups so the Waste Management Authority could pay them less.

Cornwall said the agency does not have the funds to continue the existing contracts because they cannot get some of their government appropriations.

While some haulers have said the Waste Management Authority's actions constitute a breach of contract, Cornwall said the contracts allow the agency to reduce or even terminate the contract for lack of adequate funding.

She said the reduction offer was made and the waste haulers have agreed to come to the negotiating table to discuss it further.

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

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