Garbage schedule coming
Lowe looks to modernize waste agenda
Written schedules for garbage collection will be among changes to be implemented to improve the Sanitation Service Authority’s (SSA) service to the public.
Minister of the Environment and Drainage Dr Denis Lowe said during a media conference that daily or weekly garbage collection in every district across Barbados was no longer a sustainable option.
“Jamaica just informed their citizens that they will no longer be doing more than one collection per week per district because it is unsustainable. That is the reality,” he said.
He explained that, in the first instance, a pilot programme would be launched in a neighbourhood where routes would be identified and a written schedule established. That schedule, he said, would outline the days for collection and how residents should dispose
of their garbage.
Lowe, who disclosed that 1,400 tonnes of waste was produced daily in Barbados, said the SSA was also preparing to launch a fleet and route management study to guide the process and incorporate changes in the demographics of Barbados.
“The study would help us electronically map out the country and each district will be known for its villages and its small routes. We will know whether or not it is best to send a large compactor or a small compactor. We will know the size of the growth of waste in districts now, as we have to understand it on a scientific level,” he explained.
Noting that the SSA was operating on a 40-year-old template that had not been modernized since its inception, the Minister said there was no quick fix for the problems.
Lowe also announced plans to establish a hotline at the SSA soon to allow members of the public to call if their garbage was not collected on schedule.
In addition, he said officials were fast tracking the repair of garbage trucks, and he again reiterated his promise that there would be a minimum of 25 trucks on the road by the middle
He also said Government was in the process of ordering 20 new vehicles for the SSA.