Unsightly mess

ssa gm fed up over illegal dumping

General Manager of the Sanitation Service Authority (SSA) Roslyn Knight is expressing frustration at repeated indiscriminate and illegal dumping.

Garbage lining the streets, blowing across the beach or clinging to wire fencing is becoming a normal occurrence here.

And the problem with illegal dumping became worse in mid-2015, with private waste haulers blaming Government’s controversial tipping fee.

It is now not unusual to see coconut shells, used tyres, the skeletal remains butchered animals, burnt plastic bottles, rubble from construction sites, withered shrubs and discarded barrels posing an unsightly view in some districts.

This was the scene at Bucks earlier today.
This envelope dumped at Bucks clearly told us who the package belonged to.
Several school projects dumped at Bucks were authored by the same student.

“We just had 50 years of Independence, why are we still dumping illegally? Why are we dumping indiscriminately? Why are you going to dump indiscriminately like that when you know the effect it can have on your environment and people’s health?” Knight complained.

Her comments came in response to a concerned resident of Vaucluse, St Thomas who contacted Barbados TODAY regarding garbage, including coconut shells and old appliances, he had found in Vaucluse and Dukes, St Thomas.

“It is lawless, irresponsible and I think that people who engage in it don’t care. It’s like not caring for your fellow man. It’s silly to be doing it because you don’t know how it would affect you,” the resident said.

Knight contended that dumping was condoned culturally, and pleaded with Barbadians to act responsibly and refrain from indiscriminately disposing of their waste.   

Coconut vendors operating on the highways are among the suspected culprits, with Knight pointing out that the numbers from the Sustainable Barbados Recycling Centre where shells ought to be disposed every other week are not adding up when compared to daily sales.

One of the worst-affected districts is Bucks, St Thomas which the SSA is challenged to clear of rubbish virtually every week.

The problem there has become so acute that Member of Parliament Cynthia Forde has, in the past, invited the media to see the unsightly mess, which included old couches, deep freezers, solar panels and coconut shells.

“It is really heart-wrenching to see that all of a sudden that Bucks, St Thomas is now becoming a dumping ground for irresponsible truckers. It is so sad that Barbadians have been fortunate to benefit from free education and free health services for quite some years now, yet the education seems not to be touching those of us who believe that the quickest way to dispose of their garbage is on other people’s property, not considering what the repercussions would be,” Forde said during one such media visit.

Knight stressed that public education and strictly enforced legislation were necessary to prevent indiscriminate dumping.   

She said the SSA had not previously been made aware of the latest disposal at Vaucluse, but it would investigate the matter.

Source: (KW)

13 Responses to Unsightly mess

  1. Sheldine Dyall
    Sheldine Dyall January 12, 2017 at 11:09 pm

    The P.R.O say there’s no more build up of garbage

  2. John Everatt January 12, 2017 at 11:12 pm

    This littering and illegal dumping on other people’s property just has to stop. Print the names of the people who are doing this in the paper every day if the authorities can not stop it. There is usually some kind of evidence that is dumped with the garbage. Make it a normal thing to have these people exposed in the media. Yes sometimes it is the unscrupulous waste hauler who is the culprit but at least make know the origin of this garbage. Such a sad situation.

  3. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner January 12, 2017 at 11:19 pm

    Arrest and charge culprits instead of all the talking because it ain’t working.

  4. Lennox hewitt January 12, 2017 at 11:23 pm

    So now u got a name and adress with 2 people what next prosecution there want prosecuting .

  5. harry turnover January 13, 2017 at 5:46 am

    When the GOVERNMENT start LOCKING up some of the culprits for 10 years and fined them $50,000 that SH8 will stop.
    Open back up Glendairy and pelt them in there .Wake them up up at 6.00 am and make them clean the surrounding districts.

  6. jrsmith January 13, 2017 at 5:54 am

    What is so amazing we are so educated and all the simple technology ,which is used even in the poorest parts of the world seems to be massive issues for bajans.
    Its so simple anyone seen dumping rubbish, people use your cell phone take pictures , why are bajans making life so hard, or is it because everyone is at it…
    Our wanking politicians is the cause of all the problems in Barbados, because they cant be found no one to complain to .. Things in life only becomes simple ,if something is been done ….

  7. Peter January 13, 2017 at 9:29 am

    The whole world, including Investors, and tourists, Our two largest foreign exchange earners, ARE WATCHING. I think I know what they’re thinking. I would love to know WHAT this administration is thinking. Or are they thinking at all?

  8. Nigel January 13, 2017 at 10:52 am

    The Government need to get the citizens involved in stooping this dumping problem by offering at list $2000.00 reward for anyone with evidence of illegal dumping. Since almost everyone have a cell phone to capture the image of who is doing the dumping, I am confident that with the $2000.00 incentive this will encourage citizens to get involve to stop this problem.

  9. Donild Trimp January 13, 2017 at 1:06 pm

    Am I to believe that there is nothing the authorities in Barbados can do about this serious problem?

    I think the Manager of the SSA should be fired for stupidity. You are expressing frustration at repeated “ILLEGAL DUMPING” when you know who the offenders are?

    Give me a break!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. Brewster January 13, 2017 at 4:32 pm

    Stop talking and set up a hotline where citizens can give anonymus information and registration numbers of dumpers and fine them heavily. Name and shame in the newspaper.

    • Peter January 13, 2017 at 4:57 pm

      Brewster. Barbados is so small that if somebody farted last week in St. Philip, the police will know who that body was, what time he or she farted, what they had for lunch and how many folks smelled it. Ef you doubt me, ask de lady pon de fence.

  11. Sue Sealy January 13, 2017 at 6:30 pm

    What a turnoff for tourists. Disgraceful!

  12. j galt January 14, 2017 at 6:32 am

    I noticed in November on my last visit to the Island how grubby it has become clean up your act Barbados or you wont be getting no visitors


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