Inniss sees positive side to garbage pile ups

More than two weeks after Sanitation Service Authority (SSA) workers returned to the job following a one-week strike, the island continues to be plagued by inadequate garbage collection.

And one outspoken government minister is suggesting that it might take some time before things return to normal in light of the “trying” circumstances under which SSA workers operate and the amount of waste being generated by residents.

Member of Parliament for St James South, and Minister of Commerce and Industry Donville Inniss told Barbados TODAY he was beginning to see some improvement in the collection of garbage since the SSA workers took industrial action.

The industrial action was taken as a solidarity gesture in support of 13 employees of the Barbados Investment and Development Corporation (BIDC) who were sent into early retirement.

Asked by this newspaper to comment on the garbage pile-up across the island, Inniss said: “Naturally you expect that once the SSA workers took industrial action, there would be a delay in getting back to normal”.

Donville Inniss
Donville Inniss

“I am seeing some improvement. Not at the rate we want it to be but I am mindful that the SSA do have their challenges,” he said.

The SSA is said to be suffering from a shortage of garbage collection trucks.

And while commending the Minister of the Environment Dr Denis Lowe and his team at the SSA for the work they have been doing despite the challenges, Inniss said householders should be doing more to help with the process.

Travelling across some sections of the island on Wednesday, our news team was greeted with a pile-up of garbage in some areas especially along President Kennedy Drive, St Michael.

“I think we at the household level though can help Minister Lowe and the SSA by ensuring that we don’t just put things outside that don’t have to be outside. You would be amazed at the things that people just put in a bag and toss outside for the garbage [collectors] to collect; things that they can, in these trying times, hold on to a little longer,” said Inniss.

“They can start looking a little bit more at recycling. Out of all of this negative I think some good can happen. Barbadians can start looking at the trees we cut down and the leaves and whether we can start doing our own composting,” he said, adding that he has started to do so.

“They must all pay a lot more attention to the waste they generate and that would do a lot to ease the SSA in these trying circumstances,” added Inniss. (MM)

16 Responses to Inniss sees positive side to garbage pile ups

  1. Frank Fowler
    Frank Fowler July 31, 2015 at 1:53 am

    Why haven’t you guys mentioned that Innis is another elected ass?

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  2. Sharon Woolley
    Sharon Woolley July 31, 2015 at 2:16 am

    Is there a positive side to garbage piling up and being infested with rats ?

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    • Claire Battershield
      Claire Battershield July 31, 2015 at 3:52 pm

      Yes , if you are in a position like his .Garbage wid rats getting bigger and bigger daily

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  3. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce July 31, 2015 at 3:50 am

    ‘He see a positive side to the garbage pile up’ He accustom living amost Ratlee, Fly Guy and garbage therefore he is immune to the stench. Is he for real? The citizens made a critical mistake electing wunna cartoon characters HeKnows, Finance HeStomach, How can 80% be greater than 20, Narrator and Garbage. Solid waste of time.

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  4. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce July 31, 2015 at 4:44 am

    ‘He see a positive side to the garbage pile up’ He accustom living amongst Ratlee, Fly Guy and garbage therefore he is immune to the stench. Is he for real? The citizens made a critical mistake electing wunna cartoon characters HeKnows, Finance HeStomach, How can 80% be greater than 20, Narrator and Garbage. Solid waste of time.

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  5. Princess Neferua
    Princess Neferua July 31, 2015 at 6:34 am

    I don’t know exactly where you live…..But I saw so many daring BIG RATS during that strike,,,,as MINISTER you should be so glad we didn’t have an out break of LEPTOSPIROSIS..This is not a game …your lot need to stop playing around with citizens of this country lives…and take the WASTE TAX money COLLECTED and buy some trucks…

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  6. Nutty Sundae
    Nutty Sundae July 31, 2015 at 6:50 am

    Positive WHAT! !!

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  7. Michael Crichlow
    Michael Crichlow July 31, 2015 at 7:20 am

    He should should shut his bottom.and give his mouth a chance

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  8. Donna July 31, 2015 at 7:39 am

    From the way many Barbadians dispose of waste I get the feeling that they are very comfortable with rats.

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  9. harry turnover July 31, 2015 at 7:56 am

    Don,you see an improvement in the garbage collection ?? man you got to be meking sport.

    Where I live ,my garbage has been collected ONCE since those workers returned to work and I see piles of garbage returning all along the main road and don’t talk about the secondary roads !

    I live along the Kadooment route and garbage is again piling up.
    After kadooment the SSA usually send crews to clear the streets IMMEDIATELY of the garbage generated by the revelers .

    I wonder now if those workers will only clear that type of garbage and leave the household garbage untouched.Someone also needs to tell a particular worker on that route that he is being paid a hazard allowance and finding ants in garbage is covered by that.

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  10. Winston Arthur Trechane July 31, 2015 at 10:16 am

    I like all eight comments. Donna’s comment is pertinent.

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  11. Claire Battershield
    Claire Battershield July 31, 2015 at 3:52 pm

    If I was him I would say so too Michael Crichlow cause sine 2008 we had a garbage pile up .2013 more get pile on and the garbage reaping sweets . Double the pile up

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  12. sofia sommers July 31, 2015 at 5:59 pm

    If he lied I would be cussing him too. BUT is it only polititians producing garbage?

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  13. Wade Gibbons
    Wade Gibbons July 31, 2015 at 9:03 pm

    Time to privatise this sector.

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