Tipping fee waived


Minister of the Environment Dr Denis Lowe tonight announced a temporary waiver of the controversial tipping fee.

In an interview with state-run CBC, Lowe said the move was in response to the ongoing strike action by unionized workers at the state-run Sanitation Service Authority (SSA), which has resulted in unsightly pile ups all across the country.

Garbage has been piling up in several communities, including Eden Lodge, St Michael.
Garbage has been piling up in several communities, including Eden Lodge, St Michael.

. . . For the time being we are creating that facility for persons who are willing to come forward [and help],” said Lowe in announcing the waiver.

Just yesterday, Shadow Minister of Health Dr Maria Agard pleaded with the Government to find a speedy solution to the ongoing strike by the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW), saying she was worried that the pileup of garbage across the island could pose a serious health threat to Barbadians.

Christ Church West Member of Parliament (MP) Dr Maria Agard
Christ Church West Member of Parliament (MP) Dr Maria Agard

As the Shadow Minister of Health, and also in my capacity as a health care provider, I certainly believe that the withdrawal of services by the SSA indicates that this industrial action is a cause for national concern,” Dr Agard insisted.

I acknowledge the rights of aggrieved workers to withhold their labour for the advancement of their own just cause, and I support their right to do so. However, the resulting accumulation of garbage nationwide now places Barbadians at risk for disease and injury,” Dr Agard said in an interview with Barbados TODAY, in which she said a swift resolution to the impasse must be found in the interest of the nation’s health.

The waiver also comes on the heels of recent concerns expressed about an increase in illegal dumping since the May 4 introduction of the tipping fee.

Ralph ‘Bizzy’ Williams
Ralph ‘Bizzy’ Williams

Among those who have been heavily critical of the levy is prominent businessman Ralph Bizzy Williams, the owner of the Sustainable Barbados Recycling Centre at Vaucluse, St Thomas, which is the island’s main waste disposal plant.

In a recent interview with Barbados TODAY, Williams described the introduction of the tipping fee as a backward step by the Government, while warning that would only serve to turn Barbados into an illegal dumping ground.

Back in May, there were protests by private haulers after the fee was introduced.

However, Government has been refusing to give in to demands by private garbage collectors for the tipping fee to be scrapped on the grounds that its implementation was unfair and threatened the survival of their businesses.

So far, it has only agreed that instead of the initial $25 per tonne plus VAT, the tipping fee would be 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 SBRC is also charged at $40 per truckload.

Waste haulers, who staged protests back in May when the tipping fee was first introduced, are also required to register with the SSA and pay an annual licence fee, as well as produce a tax clearance certificate from the Barbados Revenue Authority.


17 Responses to Tipping fee waived

  1. Deals On Wheels
    Deals On Wheels July 11, 2015 at 8:38 pm


  2. Coloured Man
    Coloured Man July 11, 2015 at 9:07 pm

    He want help now

  3. Dave D Small
    Dave D Small July 11, 2015 at 9:13 pm

    OK haulers don’t be tricked by this minister

  4. Tony Webster July 11, 2015 at 9:15 pm

    Just scratch grain, to curry favour wid those who were “making noise”….whilst simultaneously…buying time to mount the strongest efforts against the mounting union, public, and political pressures. As de bossman.said clearly: …it’s waived…”.for the time being”.
    Again….scratch grain…no more…no less.

  5. Greitcha Smith
    Greitcha Smith July 11, 2015 at 9:20 pm

    So he just noticed that the rubbish has been piling up … where has he been for the last few years stupse

  6. Miguel Carlos Jose Humphrey
    Miguel Carlos Jose Humphrey July 11, 2015 at 10:15 pm

    Haha…like he had a choice…pride comes before a fall

  7. Ralph White
    Ralph White July 12, 2015 at 7:11 am

    SSA has been only on strike for 3 working days thus far. So the Garbage was piling up across the country from before that period. Many people have not had collections in 2 weeks.

  8. Seth St John
    Seth St John July 12, 2015 at 7:45 am

    Please correct me if I’m wrong, try to help me understand this… Private waste haulers opposed this tipping fee and turned their trucks off in protest, Lowe says well fine, we will just buy more trucks. Lowe realises trucks cost money, but his party has already spent all trying to do silly things like get 4 seasons back on track… Fast forward..

    Ssa say we tired of being treated like second rate citizens, let’s see how you feel when your country starts having garbage pile up at the roadside.

    Lowe now comes. And says he will waive the tipping fee, this is, as far as I can tell, purely to get the same private collectors, who he lambasted in the press, to help clean up his party’s mess???? And to make it even better, he even says it is only a temporary measure??????

    This is another example of why I cannot, in good faith, support the DLP. Time and time again they show their lack of regard for the people who voted them into power (and the rest of us who voted against them) and quite honestly show a disconnect with the reality of living a lower income life in Barbados. If politicians were forced to work for the same pay as the average secretary in their office while in power, with no access to their fat bank accounts, or outside sources of income, I wonder if any of the DLP would remain at their jobs.


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