Management of Used Oil the US Virgin Islands

Programs and Regulations

• Virgin Islands Waste Management Authority Do-It-Yourself Used Oil Collection

The VI Waste Management Authority (VIWMA) by mandate of the US. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), established a program that promotes alternatives to the illegal disposal of used motor oil by undertaking outreach efforts to educate and motivate the public to recycle used oil. The Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Program provides sites for the collection of used oil from private individuals, or “DIYers”. The DIY sites will only accept clean used motor oil in clean containers that is free of dirt, leaves, or other contaminants. The management of used based on EPA standards and regulations.

The VI Waste Management Authority website, states where business owners and residents can take their used oil for adequate disposal or recycling. VIWMA also has a website with educational material about the correct disposal of used cooking oil. There is no information available regarding penalties or fines for the improper management of used oil.

• Act to authorize the Virgin Islands Department of Planning and Natural Resources to establish a Used Cooking Oil Collection Certification Program. Bill No. 30-0141, June 5, 2013.

“The Department of Licensing and Consumer Affairs Commissioner, Wayne Biggs, representatives of the Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR) and the VI Waste Management Authority (VIWMA) along with a local business owner who collects cooking oil testified that the Bill include an appropriation and a distinction between cooking/vegetable oil and motor oil”.

Bill No. 30-0141

Section 1. The Department of Department of Planning and Natural Resources is authorized to establish a Used Cooking Oil Collection Certification Program to train and certify individuals in becoming certified used oil collectors from businesses and homes for recycling and reuse.

Section 2. The Commissioner shall promulgate rules and regulations governing the certification program.

There is no information available online about the status of DPNR in the development of the Used Cooking Oil Certification Program.

Recollection companies:

• Regulated Waste Management Inc., Christiansted, St. Croix – This company works closely with the local division of the EPA, “DPNR” to assist commercial generators in their compliance with the Used Oil Standards.

• Tibbar Energy USVI, Christiansted, St. Croix – Tibbar Energy USVI is working to develop a biomass facility, which will produce biogas through the process of anaerobic digestion. The feedstock, called Giant King Grass, will be grown on a 1000 plus acres on St. Croix.

The biogas from the process will then be used to generate 7MW of renewable electricity.