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Lowe produces documents on SBRC

Sustainable Barbados Recycling Centre Inc (SBRC) is a “creature” which predated the present administration.

Minister of the Environment Denis Lowe issued this clarification today in the House of Assembly while leading off debate on the Sanitation Service Authority (Amendment) Bill 2016.

Saying he had heard about “the deal the present administration made with SBRC” and that “the Government is doing this and the Government is doing that”, Lowe produced files from the Ministry of the Environment which showed that in 2007 the then BLP regime had constructed a transfer station and a waste station in the Solid Waste Management Complex at Vaucluse, St Thomas.

The Christ Church East MP went on to explain that the complex was taking all elements of waste and finding a treatment modality to ensure that all waste was treated at the same location.

Lowe also stressed that the privately owned SBRC entered into a contract with the then Government to handle the solid waste management functions of the operation and maintenance of the weigh and transfer stations.

He acknowledged that the contractor was C O Williams Construction Ltd, but noted that phase 1 of the project, which included the side works, construction and drainage was paid for directly by Government under a private/public partnership agreement.

Lauding the work being done by SBRC, Lowe said: “I have nothing negative to say about SBRC. They do a fantastic job in diverting waste from the landfill. Had they not been functioning, this new landfill would have been full already. SBRC is a modern component of progressive waste management and if you believe you have limited land space and cannot continue to build out landfills you need an intermediary system. You will extract from the waste those commodities that can be recycled or in most cases in Barbados shipped out and only what goes into the landfill would be municipal solid waste.”

Lowe said SBRC was not up for any scrutiny and stressed that it was a credible institution that provided an “on the job” service for Government that now diverts 60 per cent of the waste from the landfill.

And looking to the future, he said waste to energy will reduce the amount of garbage going into any landfill. (NC)

9 Responses to Lowe produces documents on SBRC

  1. SSS February 10, 2016 at 6:59 am

    The truth be told, but when the wolf has worn too many disguises how do differentiate between the stories told and the masks worn by the ravenous wolf.

  2. Doug McGrory
    Doug McGrory February 10, 2016 at 7:25 am

    Start recycling NOW !!!!!!

  3. Alwin Ellis
    Alwin Ellis February 10, 2016 at 7:26 am

    Why he don,t produce his resignation letter,put he on the back of a truck and dump he at the same SBRC,waste man.

  4. Ryan Bayne
    Ryan Bayne February 10, 2016 at 7:28 am

    Time for the tipping fee to go and stop stooping low, Denis.

  5. Tara Inniss-Gibbs
    Tara Inniss-Gibbs February 10, 2016 at 8:02 am

    I support recycling. I don’t support Lowe recycling blame.

  6. Francis February 10, 2016 at 8:08 am

    Worse minister ever on Barbados history. He is a real joker !!

  7. David Lemuel Piggottt February 10, 2016 at 8:53 am

    I would like he to produce the documents for the cars he and Michael Lashley driving, let the public see how these cars came about.

  8. Nichelle Roberts February 10, 2016 at 1:11 pm

    Oh please Minister, really? Stop making excuses!
    So SBRC predated your administration, we know that. But it is a very poor excuse.
    As a new administration, it is your responsibility to review any pending contracts or projects. Your government reviewed the arrangements for the prison at Dodds. You could have done the same, before signing.
    Please stop treating Barbadians as though we are idiots and as though some of us have no experience.
    If you spoke with the people instead of at the people, you might be able to get the help you so desperately need.

  9. Sue Donym February 10, 2016 at 6:35 pm

    “Lowe said SBRC was not up for any scrutiny” I love these gems. How does one achieve this status?


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