Government to replace $25 tipping fee

Government is preparing a report on the restructuring of the Sanitation Service Authority (SSA) as it seeks to address the issue of garbage disposal on the island, Minister of the Environment Dr Denis Lowe has said.

Dr Lowe told reporters today that preliminary assessments conducted by South Korean officials in collaboration with the SSA pointed to some waste management challenges for the island.

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

“Barbados is not the same Barbados as it was 50 years ago, particularly . . . when the SSA was started, and there has been no change, no tweaking of the old system.

“I can tell you that we are beginning now the final stages of preparing a report to Cabinet for the full-scale restructuring of the Sanitation Service Authority, impacting every area of service, delivery and administration,” the minister said.

According to him, the SSA commands an annual budget of close to $80 million to keep Barbados clean, which is exclusively borne by the State. Lowe was therefore adamant that Government must seek creative ways of addressing the issue of garbage disposal.

He said environmental health officials were also looking to outfit existing vehicles with tracking device to “manage where they are, the pace at which they work and whether or not they were delivering full service every day.

“We’re also looking at the cost of vehicles,” said Lowe, who pointed out that “right now a Sanitation Services Authority compactor truck is costing the SSA $400,000.

“What that means is it is an investment whose return is only in the maintenance of a clean society. It is not in cash returns.”

The issue of illegal disposal of garbage has been a major bugbear for environmental health officials in recent weeks, with the department clamping down on the unsightly practice.

The minister  admitted that the situation amounted to a major challenge for his ministry.

“The people who do most littering in Barbados are not waste haulers, they are very ordinary citizens like you and I,” he told reporters.

In response to ongoing concerns surrounding Government’s implementation of a $25 tipping fee for waste disposal, Lowe admitted that the matter was yet not settled.

In fact, he said the ministries of finance and environment have been working on a revised strategy that would call for implementation of a fee that is governed by the “polluter pays principle.

“What that means is that everyone who creates garbage should be made to pay for its disposal and management. It’s the fairest way to approach it.  And what that will do is remove the exclusive burden of a tipping fee from waste haulers to ensuring that everyone who creates garbage pays,” he said.

He noted that garbage management was a multi-billion dollar sector, adding that “the truth of the matter is that it is now catching up on the island”.

5 Responses to Government to replace $25 tipping fee

  1. Sheldine Dyall
    Sheldine Dyall May 12, 2016 at 5:30 am


    • harry turnover May 12, 2016 at 7:52 am

      …with a lot ah pretty talk which in the end amounts to garbage talk or talk for the occasion only because he had to say something in his pet area…..garbage !!

  2. Miche May 12, 2016 at 8:15 am

    Trouble on the horizon…..Some advice Mr Lowe,,,whatever plans you may be contemplating,,,,let it be known up front,,,,,that per chance you lower the fee,,,,the past is the past,,,,,,NO REFUND OF PREVIOUSLY PAID MONIES ,,WILL BE AWARDED”

  3. Ann Harding May 12, 2016 at 8:39 am

    Good management practice shouldn’t require expensive staff surveillance equipment. A phone number that the public can call to report issues could prove far more productive.

    Surveillance equipment does nothing other than make staff feel under appreciated. A good reward system that recognises outstanding efforts does boost productivity, not degrade staff morale. Give them a mission, not a beating.

    In my observation, SSA staff working the streets are conscientious and caring. Once when I went out and thanked them for doing a good job they seemed shocked but finally smiled when they accepted that I was giving them praise. They couldn’t believe that would happen, even though they had picked up garbage that had spread along the roadside from irresponsibly placed bags.

  4. Tony Waterman May 13, 2016 at 2:25 am

    In The Province of Ontario, Canada, there is an Environmental fee Attached to Most Items Sold in the Province, so why would this not be the way to Go In Barbados Also, why do we ALWAYS want to reinvent the Wheel, under this system everyone Pays for the Disposal of the Garbage they are craeting, Plastics, styrafoam, and all types of Packaging, and What about Recycling Boxes being made MANDATORY in all Residences, just 1 Hour ago, i put out my BLACK BOX for Friday Morning pick up (Black Box=Paper,card boxes etc) (BLUE BOX=Cans, Bottles, ice Cream Buckets, Clear Plastics, etc) this system can also be jigged to suit Barbados.


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