The Virgin Islands Waste Management Authority was created by the territorial government in 2004 and began complete operations in 2005. The first order of business was to find a way to combat the bird issue on St. Croix. By working with local residents, local haulers, the Department of Planning and Natural Resources and others, the VIWMA created the first permitted solid waste facility in the V.I., meeting not only their initial goal, but opening doors to before unimagined opportunities for creating a complete integrated solid waste management system. Herrera lead the design of the St. Croix Transfer Station, Winner of a 2013 Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) Bronze Award. From their website:
SWANA’s Excellence Awards Program recognizes outstanding solid waste programs and facilities with environmentally and economically sound solid waste management practices. Winners demonstrate effective technologies and processes in system design and operations, worker and community health and safety, and successful public education and outreach programs.
Read more about the project and the award here. (15.7 MB PDF)