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Way too much garbage – Inniss

Member of Parliament for St James South Donville Inniss has called for a change of mindset as it relates to the generation of waste.

Inniss said today that Barbadians needed to generate less garbage and to take the issue of waste management more seriously.

He complained that too much of the packaging material being used ended up in the dump.

“Some people may think that it is not a big issue, but in the grand scheme of things it is significant when you reflect upon the amount of those items that end up in the garbage or the dumps in Barbados.

“We need to ask ourselves, ‘what can we do at the individual level to generate less garbage?’ We would not have a problem of this magnitude if Barbadians were generating less garbage,” Inniss argued during debate in Parliament this afternoon on the Sanitation Service Authority Bill.

“So at the individual level, ask yourself every day, ‘what is it that I don’t need to throw in the garbage? What is it that I perhaps need to pay a little bit more attention to my purchasing disciplines, in terms of the quantity I buy?’”

He accused some Barbadians of buying much more than they needed, resulting in the generation of more garbage.

Inniss said persons could consider freezing some of their garbage, or cutting them up into small pieces for easier disposal.

The Minister of Industry, International Business, Commerce and Small Business Development also called for more attention to be paid to recycling.

“We need to take recycling in Barbados a lot more seriously than we are taking it. Every now and then I hear the comments and I follow the work of the Future Centre Trust and I want to give kudos to them for the excellent work they are doing in Barbados, to educate Barbados on matters such as recycling and all of the environmental issues, and to go a step further in terms of practical, sustainable solutions that would allow us to have a better physical environment to pass on to the next generation.” (RB)

One Response to Way too much garbage – Inniss

  1. SSS February 10, 2016 at 6:51 am

    Mr. Inniss, it’s call recycling. First, you must enact legislation that now requires all householders to not place organics in the mainstream garbage. Then you have to set up recycling bins around the island for metal cans, bottles of various colours and for the collection of paper. Following that you must build suitable recycling stations with the near 1 billion you want to give to a single colossal WtE project that would plunge this island into environmental chaos. These three medium size plants will recycle paper and plastics, tin cans and bottles. That alone would reduce X amount of thousands of tonnes of garbage now going to the landfill. You may also wish to reduce the use of plastics by taxing its producers, retail section and supermarkets. This would force supermarkets to either go the route of paper or make them force householders to bring their own containment. However, to achieve this, you must remove Dennis Lowe from the environmental ministry and put him on a banana boat to manage the animals on the Galapagos Islands. That is because in our new waste management programme there will be no place in Barbados for this particular type of waste. Waste of this kind needs complete isolation.


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