Inniss sees positive side to garbage pile ups
More than two weeks after Sanitation Service Authority (SSA) workers returned to the job following a one-week strike, the island continues to be plagued by inadequate garbage collection.
And one outspoken government minister is suggesting that it might take some time before things return to normal in light of the “trying” circumstances under which SSA workers operate and the amount of waste being generated by residents.
Member of Parliament for St James South, and Minister of Commerce and Industry Donville Inniss told Barbados TODAY he was beginning to see some improvement in the collection of garbage since the SSA workers took industrial action.
The industrial action was taken as a solidarity gesture in support of 13 employees of the Barbados Investment and Development Corporation (BIDC) who were sent into early retirement.
Asked by this newspaper to comment on the garbage pile-up across the island, Inniss said: “Naturally you expect that once the SSA workers took industrial action, there would be a delay in getting back to normal”.
“I am seeing some improvement. Not at the rate we want it to be but I am mindful that the SSA do have their challenges,” he said.
The SSA is said to be suffering from a shortage of garbage collection trucks.
And while commending the Minister of the Environment Dr Denis Lowe and his team at the SSA for the work they have been doing despite the challenges, Inniss said householders should be doing more to help with the process.
Travelling across some sections of the island on Wednesday, our news team was greeted with a pile-up of garbage in some areas especially along President Kennedy Drive, St Michael.
“I think we at the household level though can help Minister Lowe and the SSA by ensuring that we don’t just put things outside that don’t have to be outside. You would be amazed at the things that people just put in a bag and toss outside for the garbage [collectors] to collect; things that they can, in these trying times, hold on to a little longer,” said Inniss.
“They can start looking a little bit more at recycling. Out of all of this negative I think some good can happen. Barbadians can start looking at the trees we cut down and the leaves and whether we can start doing our own composting,” he said, adding that he has started to do so.
“They must all pay a lot more attention to the waste they generate and that would do a lot to ease the SSA in these trying circumstances,” added Inniss. (MM)