Pile-ups no more

Lowe assures residents trash collection problem has been brought under control

Minister of Environment and Drainage Dr Denis Lowe says the garbage collection problems experienced by residents across the island have been brought under control, but has insisted the pile-ups are not unusual at this time of year.

At the same time, he has assured that the process of making the Sanitation Service Authority (SSA) more efficient is in train, with his ministry preparing to take to Cabinet a new organizational structure for the statutory board.

Addressing the media on the issue today at the Savannah Hotel, he explained that the recent delay in waste collection across the island was usual during the months of July, August, November and December because of an increase in activities that cause a build up of waste.

He said during July this year, the SSA collected in excess of 1,000 tonnes more waste than the norm for that month and made 168 more trips to the landfill than usual.

Minister of Environment and Drainage Dr Denis Lowe
Minister of Environment and Drainage Dr Denis Lowe

Lowe said Barbadians should be considerate considering that SSA was operating in stringent economic times and the authority had to manage its resources carefully to keep up with sanitation services around the country.

“I think we all recognize that this year Crop Over was much more active than it has been in the past couple years and, as a result, there was a substantial buildup of waste throughout the country. This is expected and I am not sure why it was not remembered by the public. Every year this happens and it stretches the resources of the authority, which has been running on a decreased number of functioning vehicles over the last few years. What we have done is to deploy some additional vehicles and we are satisfied that that is working and we have also deployed some skips in those hotspots where there tends to be a lot of waste,” he said.

The minister said another issue that affected the collection of waste was that, with the onset of the rainy season, householders were cutting their lawns, clipping hedges, bagging the grass and putting them out on the sidewalks for the SSA trucks to pickup.

“Ordinarily we would do it, but when you find a place where there are 11-plus bags in addition to the regular household waste the trucks would get filled quickly and they will not be able to complete their routes and that would also have an impact on speedy collection and complete collection of waste around the country,” he explained.

Lowe said he understood the impact that poor sanitation has on health and tourism and assured that the 40-year-old SSA was in line for organizational and operational reform.

“We have submitted a proposal to Cabinet to do the reform and the Cabinet has asked us to come back with the organizational structure and we should be going back to Cabinet pretty shortly with that information,” he said.

“We have to look at our mechanical operations. It is a tradition that the Government provides a certain amount of resources for us to do outsourcing and we will be doing more outsourcing to get our vehicles up and running,” the environment minister added.


11 Responses to Pile-ups no more

  1. Janette Reifer
    Janette Reifer September 16, 2014 at 1:17 am

    What is he talking about ? I pray the day when the garbage would be remove more often so that when the trucks come around the garbage would not be so stink. That is what I want to let him know.

  2. Edwards Swindley
    Edwards Swindley September 16, 2014 at 2:08 am

    It always happen in AUGUST mean you don’t plan in July stupid .

  3. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce September 16, 2014 at 4:06 am

    There is no need to be collecting garden waste. It’s total nonsense and that includes vegetable waste. That can be used as compost for the garden. All other rubbish should be picked up on time. Not yesterday , today, tomorrow, next week, this week or next week schedule. Give the citizens a proper Date, Day and time of collections. Educated Rats minus common sense.

  4. Lynn Lucas
    Lynn Lucas September 16, 2014 at 6:03 am

    Really I can only assume that the Minister lives in another island. Sometimes it really is better to keep your mouth shut…

  5. Sharon Sealy
    Sharon Sealy September 16, 2014 at 6:30 am

    How could it be brought under control when we are still hearing GARBAGE like this……… Look around mannnnnnnnn……. Every two weeks is under control!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Daniel Polonis
    Daniel Polonis September 16, 2014 at 7:06 am

    he is a pile up

  7. Nikki Brown
    Nikki Brown September 16, 2014 at 7:42 am

    This story along with some others of late from on high,lol makes me think about the phenomenon of malipulators and sociopaths. This type of personality are always trying to make you question your judgement, reality and sanity. These are the persons who say, I never said that. Or the emperor is wearing a golden suit when he is clearly naked. Then dare anyone to say otherwise. The masses who want to fit in would agree that the clothes are splendid. Others weak in will, will begin to question their eyes, or their reality and agree. The strong would say are you crazy the dude is naked.

  8. Angel Blossoms
    Angel Blossoms September 16, 2014 at 8:31 am

    He mean where he lives or the Heights and Terraces .

  9. Matthew Greaves
    Matthew Greaves September 16, 2014 at 8:35 am

    Garbage issue brought under control where? Man dem always got a plaster fa every dam sore.D garbage truck int come out in my area fa 3 weeks now d cars even passing and driving over it and bursting d bags, not purposely but cause its so much pile up that all fall into the road and all the flies making ya miserable.but that’s not my business.

  10. Martine Boyer
    Martine Boyer September 16, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    I wish they would remove that big, stinky garbage container at Enterprise Beach…

  11. Jason Bowen
    Jason Bowen September 16, 2014 at 5:36 pm

    The SSA needs to be split where the waste collection aspect is turn into a corporation. This would allow for the true cost of operations to be determined and made known to the public so that the right amount of funding for an efficient and effective collection service.


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