Low blow

Tipping fee against sane advice

Describing the introduction of the tipping fee as a “low blow”, and another multimillion dollar tax grab after the Municipal Solid Waste Tax, Opposition Senator Wilfred Abrahams today charged that Government  was being “penny wise and pound foolish”.

The tipping fee that came into effect from Monday for garbage delivered to Sustainable Barbados Recycling Centre (SBRC) has been met with protests by truckers over some aspects of the arrangement. They held talks with Minister of the Environment Dr Denis Lowe to resolve their concerns.

Senator Wilfred Abrahams, the Opposition spokesman on the Environment
Senator Wilfred Abrahams, the Opposition spokesman on the Environment

Abrahams, the Opposition spokesman on the Environment, today accused Lowe, “of refusing to learn from mistakes” and encouraging Government to continue “advising itself on new policy to the detriment of Barbados”.

“It was advised against by some of the more enlightened persons in the Ministry of the Environment”, Abrahams said. “The impact of this will not only be felt years down the road, it will be seen immediately. At the end of the day after collecting over $50 million in 2015 from the Municipal Solid Waste Tax, this new tipping fee must be seen for what it really is, a cash grab.

“This tipping fee proposal was objected to from the beginning by the major players in the waste collection industry. It was objected to by contractors and it was objected to by the ordinary Barbadian with properties large enough to generate significant amounts of refuse including garden waste,” Abrahams said, bringing home his argument of islandwide objection to the fee.

Pointing to last year’s introduction of the Solid Waste Municipal Tax, he said that controversial levy, “was inflicted on the majority of property holding Barbadians for exactly this purpose – to cover the collection and disposal of solid waste.

“The question must now arise: Are we not being charged twice for effectively the same thing?”

Abrahams expressed fear that persons who had difficulty paying the fee would go outside the law to get rid of their waste items.

“Times are hard and many people will not pay for a truck to move something if they can get it moved without a cost.  A person having a small fridge moved at no cost will be tempted to see it dumped at no cost.  An unscrupulous trucker looking to maximize profits may be tempted to offload his cargo somewhere where the tipping fee is not enforced even after collecting the tipping fee.”

He continued, “All Barbadians are aware that there is a problem with illegal dumping. We see it in cart roads, old quarries, cane fields and gullies and this was before the imposition of the tipping fee.  How much worse is it going to be when there is a fee imposed for legally dumping at SBRC?”

6 Responses to Low blow

  1. Cherylann Bourne-Hayes
    Cherylann Bourne-Hayes May 8, 2015 at 7:30 am

    Here in the US you either pay the local government in taxes to haul your trash or pay a private company. They then are responsible for the tipping fee. Seriously, please explain the problem in BIM.

    • Andrew The Voice May 8, 2015 at 6:35 pm

      My thoughts exactly, people the free rides over. Pay up or shut up.

  2. Winnie Meade
    Winnie Meade May 8, 2015 at 8:25 am

    If all stick together and don’t move one bit but we all know some one will that why we a a people can never get no wear don’t move nothing it not fair at all Let Dr. Go n do it

  3. Depablo May 8, 2015 at 7:06 pm

    I am really sick of people talking about what happens in the US every time someone objects to a ridiculous fee this Government introduces. There is same sex marriages and guns selling in stores, why don’t we implement those things as well. The tipping fee is an unnecessary tax at this time.

  4. Watchman May 12, 2015 at 10:03 am

    Paying for what you use is a tax Depablo ?
    In a service based economy you pay for what you use. The government done carrying pretend businesses.
    Strangely, when the government raised the costs of PSV permits and licenses for the drivers and conductors WITHOUT increasing bus fare, everyone thought that was a boss move.
    Well guess what, those who dont or wont pay will go out of business, another will seize the opportunity and provide the service since garbage will still be there to be hauled away.
    Cant wait for the amended legislation that will allow for the seizure of vehicles used to dump illegally. That one will be sweet.

  5. villager. May 12, 2015 at 8:20 pm

    I have noticed that the chief spokes man for this group seems to be going down a particular road, i smell political interference and incitement,sometime ago it was widely rumored that a certain politician has an interest in one of the companies involved in this protest,last week everybody was happy, now all of this protest. I hope some body cherry dont get pick at the end of the day,especially since the construction of a certain station lies deep in question,as the old bajan saying goes who help ya buy a big guts horse dont help ya feed um.


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