Waste haulers not backing down

Some of the members of the Waste Haulers and Waste Movers groups of Barbados during today’s press conference.

The waste haulers and waste movers are not backing down until they are granted a meeting with the government and a workable solution is reached.

This was the word from spokesperson for the Waste Haulers group, Charles Read, at a press conference held today at the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association’s (BHTA) offices in Belleville St Michael.

“The protest is still in place but we are moving essential garbage so we don’t hold this country to ransom because that is not our objective.

All we are asking for is a consultation,” he said.

Read said they were calling on the Minister of Environment Dr. Denis Lowe to meet with them as a matter of urgency to resolve the matter of the tipping fee for the benefit of the entire country.

“We want a suspension of the fee and we want to go back to how it was before as a starting position. Then we can sit down and find a methodology that works and does not place businesses in jeopardy of being closed. That’s our starting position. We have a lot of great ideas that we can share with government and I think that’s a discussion that we need to have with government in terms of workable solutions,” Read added.

However Read stressed that the group was not employing a combative approach and was not holding the country to ransom.

“As a show of good faith our group made a decision to address the waste removal needs of medical services, including the hospital, security, and emergency services over a five day period,” he said.

He noted that to date, their efforts to raise awareness about the issue was going well.

“I think we have raised the profile and raised the public awareness and that was a key objective. But the reality is that garbage is smelly and you need to be careful that the public you are trying to appeal to and galvanize does not turn against you,” Read contended.

“In addition we have a responsibility to the country to be responsible in terms of how we manage waste collection, because the effectiveness will start to diminish and that’s why we have taken this decision.

“It’s more about communicating the message. We have raised the awareness we are now trying to explain the impact. We are now trying to explain how it impacts every person in this country. So we have to inform. People can only make a decision when they are informed about what it is that they need to make a decision on,” he added.

The decision by the government to introduce a tipping fee on May 4 has been an issue of grave concern for the Waste Haulers and Waste Movers groups of Barbados. They have subsequently been on strike for the past week. (DB)


9 Responses to Waste haulers not backing down

  1. David Gibson
    David Gibson May 16, 2015 at 7:31 pm

    no retreat no surrender

  2. Angela Thompson Branch
    Angela Thompson Branch May 16, 2015 at 7:48 pm

    Some one has to take a stand.

  3. David Gibson
    David Gibson May 16, 2015 at 8:41 pm

    Christene Inniss becareful ..lol

  4. David Gibson
    David Gibson May 16, 2015 at 8:59 pm

    yeah chris , we truckers know its no fault of sbrc ..n its sad cuz imma miss u cuz i am never coming back in there until that fee is removed or reduced significantly

  5. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce May 16, 2015 at 11:40 pm


  6. Adrian Loveridge May 17, 2015 at 7:09 am

    Give people more reasons (incentives) to recycle. Impose a tax on ALL bottles (rum,wine etc) where no tax currently exists and increase or implement a tax on plastic bottles. Government adds 17.5 per cent VAT on bottled water and just think how many of these bottles are placed on various dumps each year. Businesses like ours get NO ‘free’ state waste collection. We have to pay to remove or recycle everything.

  7. Alex Alleyne May 17, 2015 at 7:34 am

    Do this group have contracts with Government ? , if so how long before they expire . You think any of them will be looking for a renewal ? . It look like they will ask to have a meeting with GOD next.

  8. Ralph Talma May 18, 2015 at 11:01 am

    1. This could easily escalate into a national health emergency. Little rain, increasing temperatures, fermenting garbage leads to health problems, rodents etc.
    2. Furthermore, we cannot afford a drop in tourist numbers during the summer months, and this could happen if garbage mountains start to appear.
    3. The Haulers want to talk, which is something I feel needs to place urgently, before it is too late..

  9. Patrick Blackman May 18, 2015 at 1:42 pm

    If this levy is costing you thousands of dollars, it tells me you are moving a serious amounts of waste hence making good money. This is a case of greed by these operators, pure and simple… no sympathy for them at all.


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