Lowe will not be held hostage

Minister of Environment Dr Denis Lowe today warned that the waste haulers would not be allowed to hold the country to ransom, while indicating that Government intended to stick to the 90-day trial period agreement they made with him last week.

The Minister also said that he had instructed the Sanitation Service Authority (SSA) to take care of any idle waste left behind by the protesting truckers.

Minister of the Environment Dr Denis Lowe
Minister of the Environment Dr Denis Lowe

“I have instructed the SSA to make available our skip services to any of the producers out there who may be having some challenges with having their waste collected. I have also instructed the SSA to, by Sunday, have an ad placed for the purchase of additional skip trucks and skips because this country will not be held hostage by a group who, on the one side of their mouths said they would work with the Government, and on the other side of their mouths said they would protest and disrupt. They want to block traffic and this bullying kind of behaviour. It is not the kind of message that we must send to our society,” he said.

He also promised to deal sternly with any illegal dumping by the private haulers who are now headed into day four of protest action against the controversial $25 tipping fee.

The private garbage haulers are now calling on Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler to meet with them to discuss alternatives.

During an exclusive interview with Barbados TODAY, prominent players in the industry indicated that while they were protesting the negative impact of the fee, they were ready to suggest favourable methods of financing waste disposal in the country.

The managing director of Jose y Jose, Anderson Cherry, said that since it was not the intention of the haulers to “shut down” the country, their call for a meeting with the Minister of Finance and Prime Minister Freundel Stuart should be treated as a matter of urgency.

Interim chairman of the Waste Haulers Association and managing director of Jose y Jose, Anderson Cherry, speaking about the fee.
Interim chairman of the Waste Haulers Association and managing director of Jose y Jose, Anderson Cherry

“I really want to invite Minister Sinckler to sit with us. We have some good ideas, and we have something on the table that we know can work.

“The Greening Levy didn’t work; the Solid Waste Tax didn’t work; and this tipping fee just can’t work. Please come and sit with us and hear it from the grassroots side of it; and we can get it fixed,” Cherry pleaded.

The haulers met with members of the Private Sector Association early this morning, and later in the afternoon with the Fair Trading Commission to make an appeal for help in the fight.

A spokesman reported that both meetings were “successful” and the haulers were “looking forward to the outcome”.

In a statement tonight, the BPSA said having been fully apprised of the issues and concerns with regards the recently introduced tipping fee and being aware of the negative impact on the economy, business, homes and the environment, it strongly urges “a return of the parties to dialogue such that the matter can be resolved.

“We further urge that in the meantime the status quo as existed before the impasse be reinstated until such time as a mutually accepted resolution through consultation with all stakeholders is achieved,” the statement said.

Also see: Tipping fee that hurts

6 Responses to Lowe will not be held hostage

  1. Heather Cole
    Heather Cole May 14, 2015 at 12:30 am

    This Minister should be the last to talk about bullying tactics and sending the wrong message to society. It is exactly what his government does. The Minister of Finance has done it time and time again with the imposition of each new tax. If the tipping fee cannot work why waste time waiting three long months to come up with the same answer that is presently known. It is shameful, instead of trying to resolve this matter, in a high handed manner the minister has already advised the SSA to purchase additional skip trucks. I wonder where this money is coming from? Was it in the Estimates? Since the SSA does not pick up its own garbage to schedule he himself may be wasting time. I wished the people of Barbados had given DEM a 90 day trial period. Had they done that the country would not be regressing

  2. jr smith May 14, 2015 at 5:28 am

    Why leading politicians, around the region as like our environment minister, never think before they speak. p0liticans they will be paid no matter what, in this case try reaching a compromising state, get the operators back to work and make sensible statements.
    I hope voters in barbados in future, think before they cast they votes, we need to have people who can be trusted , with a vision of the future ,person who are capable of high level management.
    we need not suffer again by a try this ,try that government.

  3. harry turnover May 14, 2015 at 7:08 am

    ….and suppose those workers say that they want more money for the extra work or they won’t touch that ” idle waste “,and if they do,other ” idle waste ” would be left uncollected for longer periods,and illegal dumping will increase.
    ……..but…he says …”He also promised to deal sternly with any illegal dumping by the private haulers “….as though the general population will keep their ” idle waste “in their back yards and front lawns when the going gets tough.

  4. Neil Hutchinson May 14, 2015 at 12:50 pm

    They have never dealt strongly with illegal dumpers. No one has ever been prosecuted for illegal dumping to my knowledge. Why should we believe that they will start now?

  5. jus me May 14, 2015 at 4:07 pm


    Only 2 years to go.Thank GOD

  6. Embarrassed to be Bajan May 14, 2015 at 4:08 pm

    These Govt officials remind me of Robert Mugabe and party. A change of Govt will be happening soon. I hope these ministers have stolen enough because I don’t see them ever working again. Not for this country. Well done Lowe!!!


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