More to our rubbish

Government Senator Dr Esther Byer-Suckoo today said that garbage could be a valuable thing but the populace had failed to take advantage of the benefits of their rubbish.

In tabling the Sanitation Service Authority (Amendment) Bill 2016 in the Senate this morning Byer-Suckoo argued that the nature of waste had changed over the years but Barbadians seemed unable to appreciate its value.

“Waste is a resource . . . we cannot just talk about garbage anymore as if it is rubbish.

“The truth is that at the level of the general population, certainly to me, sometimes it seems that the only person that appreciates the value of the garbage is the man that rummages through my neighbour’s garbage in the middle of the night looking for pep bottles  . . . but I think as the general public we are not really appreciating the value of garbage.”

The Minister of Labour also called on Barbadians to take seriously, the call to reduce, reuse and recycle.

She said this was one way to help Government reduce the country’s mounting garbage disposal bill.

“We are not seeing efforts on to reduce the garbage. I think the volume of garbage is now . . . I am not even sure where it is at but the volume of garbage is increasing. People are not reducing their garbage. We are not even attempting to compact your own garbage before putting them in our garbage containers and that in itself would make quite a difference to the collection efforts and how we store garbage . . .those are things that we can do.

“Reusing them – I know it is easier, it may even be cheaper to go out and buy a new thing  but we do have to think about the long-term effects of our actions,” the Government legislator said.

Byer-Suckoo also said Barbadians needed to stop being dependent on Government to solve all the island’s problems, adding that with the 50th anniversary of Independence approaching, “it is a good thing for us to be looking at what we have to [do] at this time if we haven’t done it before.

“I think about as Barbadians what our role is in this society. We are always talking about what more the Government can do, what more Government needs to do . . .[but] at some point we have to realize that we are a mature nation,” she stressed.

5 Responses to More to our rubbish

  1. Leroy February 25, 2016 at 6:52 am

    Ya think people will just turn to recycling by themselves. Gov can help by introducing good education and reforms on recycling but they choose to beat up on the people for not recycling themselves when they haven’t even written one bill on recycling and sorting of waste, as tho people will automatically turn to recycling.

  2. Olutoye Walrond February 25, 2016 at 8:33 am

    I would like to compact my garbage, Mdm. Minister. Can I come over and borrow your compactor?

  3. Mac10 February 25, 2016 at 12:18 pm

    Then advise your environment minister to stop destroy the recycling industry in this country!!

  4. Emily February 25, 2016 at 2:16 pm

    I recycle or I used to, until for close to a year now B’s Recycling can’t manage to collect it.

    Oh and the payments have stopped too.

    So practical feasible methods that the layperson can actually implement?

  5. Chris Wright February 25, 2016 at 10:28 pm

    Very good point Leroy about educating the public else this is nothing more than ‘lip service’
    Everyday cities around the world are implementing methods to use garbage more effectively. Even if some say recycling is a bit costly, it sure beats leaving bottles, cans, and tires around be breeding grounds for mosquitos.
    Government has to take the necessary steps, set up the program, and through Public Service Announcements on radio, TV and print, let the public know what is to be done to make the program work.


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