Waste haulers to pay an annual licence fee

Following the recent work stoppage by waste haulers and movers, Government has announced changes to its the controversial tipping fee, which was implemented on May 4.

Instead of the initial $25 per tonne plus VAT, Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler has announced that the tipping fee is to levied at $40 per load for all categories of waste, including municipal solid waste, rock, soil, construction and demolition waste, green waste and coconuts.

Liquid waste delivered to the Sustainable Barbados Recycling Centre at Vaucluse, St Thomas will also charged at $40 per truckload.

However, in addition to being registered and licensed by the Sanitation Service Authority,  waste haulers will now be required to pay an annual licence fee, as well as produce a tax clearance certificate from the Barbados Revenue Authority.

Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler
Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler

“Based on existing projected daily load factors, it is estimated that the new tipping fee would yield around four million dollars per year for the SSA, which on the appropriate amendment of its Act, will be allowed to retain those resources,” Sinckler announced.

In defence of the move, Sinckler said the fee, which was represented in the Sanitation Service Authority Act Sanitation Service Authority (Fees) (Amendment) Regulations (1996), was significantly lower than that charged in other jurisdictions.

He said, the average rate in Canada varied from an average low in Manitoba of 34 Canadian dollars per tonne to as high as $130 Canadian per tonne in Quebec. He also pointed out that the rates per tonne, converted to US dollars for the United Kingdom and the Netherlands, were $55.66 and $89.46 per tonne respectively.

The Minister also assured that having spoken to the owners of SBRC, they were prepared to sit with officials of the SSA, the ministries of Finance and Economic Affairs and the Environment, and other relevant stakeholders, to work on a plan to reduce the costs associated with the treatment of the waste sent to the facility.

He said these consultation sessions would be initiated immediately following this week’s budget exercise.

8 Responses to Waste haulers to pay an annual licence fee

  1. Sue Donym June 16, 2015 at 8:16 am

    What? Hauler’s Licence fee? Don’t all of these trucks already pay a commercial yearly tax based on weight? Does this mean that anyone who might ever go to the waste facility – even whose primary business is not as a waste hauler – will have to prove registration to enter and deposit waste?

    If our Finance Minister is going to make comparisons with other countries, is he prepared to compare the frequency and efficiency of their operations? How reliable is local service? Who benefits from the fees collected in those jurisdictions?

    By the way, what inspection and registration facilities are in place at SSA (who can’t seem to keep their own vehicles on the road) or are they to be another arm of BRA?

  2. Cherylann Bourne-Hayes
    Cherylann Bourne-Hayes June 16, 2015 at 8:32 am

    I must give the government an A for creativity with all these taxes they are just heaping on the citizens. Smh

  3. Patrick Blackman June 16, 2015 at 10:02 am

    Again policy is very important we should have an Environmental policy open for public discussion.

  4. Matie Siew
    Matie Siew June 16, 2015 at 10:08 am

    This is madnessssss taxes taxes why he don’t tax frundel too

  5. Adrian Reid
    Adrian Reid June 16, 2015 at 11:12 am

    I not giving them a cent I throwing all the rubbish in the quarries until they understand if I giving you raw materials to work with pay me for it

  6. Heather Cole
    Heather Cole June 16, 2015 at 11:23 am

    He has just given a green light to illegal dumping.

  7. Michael Parris
    Michael Parris June 16, 2015 at 12:04 pm

    Businesses make a lot of money and don’t pat their taxes . Truckers make lots of money dont keep books , brag to their friends how much money they make and then tell the Inland revenue that they aint making any money …….. shut up and pay your taxes …

  8. ken June 16, 2015 at 5:19 pm

    I am totally ignorant on this particular subject matter but was the municipal tax, that the government just collected from all property owners, be a factor of double taxation seeing that the $40.00 charge includes a levy on municipal solid waste too? And what about the environmental levy on all imported goods, implemented years ago, to offset waste management funding, will that be or has it been abolished? Triple taxation sounds a bit farfetched.


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