Thorne wants new attitude towards waste management

Barbados Labour Party (BLP) representative for Christ Church South, Ralph Thorne, wants to see a change in the way communities manage their garbage.

Speaking at the Atlantic Shores Network (ASN) recycling project, Thorne said that the resources of the Sanitation Service Authority (SSA) are overburdened.

“We have overburdened the SSA by our own bad attitudes towards waste disposal and waste management. We buy things, we use those things and…we literally put them outside our house…in a barrel and demand the SSA comes every day and twice a day,” Thorne said.

“The problem is with us and (the) attitude we hold towards waste management.”

Thorne, an attorney, said that the government is incapable of sending a truck to every community across the island.

He implied that the role of the waste disposal unit could be modified to a critical response team, saying “the SSA can be a response team in a situation of crisis but where there is no crisis, where there is everyday management, private enterprise can carry it.”

Community activist Shari Lobo launched the Atlantic Shores Network recycling project out of frustration over the inefficiency of the SSA’s collection service and garbage pile up in the neighbourhood in June 2015.

She said more needs to be done within communities to ease dumping at landfills.

“We can’t just put everything in the landfill. If we effectively manage it and reduce the impact to SSA, then they can work more efficiently and do waste management. I think it’s the best thing for Barbados going onto future generations,” she added. (KK)

11 Responses to Thorne wants new attitude towards waste management

  1. Hal Austin January 22, 2017 at 9:36 am

    I am sure in your headline you mean Thorne. You must improve your subbing. It is terrible.

  2. jrsmith January 22, 2017 at 9:38 am

    Blame our politicians , blame the government for everything thats wrong in barbados….

    • Peter January 22, 2017 at 2:25 pm

      Call back in the British. I’m sure jrsmith would want that. All he or she or it writes about are how things are done in England, according to him/her/it, the perfect way.

  3. Peter January 22, 2017 at 2:34 pm

    Ralphie boy, I was at a function yesterday evening. You political entry came up for discussion and practically everyone within that group who reside in that Christ Church area, said they DON”T trust you. There were about 20 in the group and two of them din dot comment. You have work to do, I thought, From cricketing circles I know you are a good person. But according to one big-up, thisis a more pacier wicket. Bowling in going to be both fast and furious, and the spinners can turn the ball in different directions from two bounces, Oh watch out for swing too.

  4. Sherlock Holmes. January 22, 2017 at 9:05 pm

    Interesting Peter,very interesting.

  5. Ann Harding January 23, 2017 at 5:13 am

    In other places I’ve lived and visited, it’s true that citizens do take a more responsible attitude towards waste management. However, in each of these places, the government facilitates the recycling and the gathering of green waste. In Barbados we have to take full control individually to recycle, with no assistance from the SSA apart from semi-regular pickup of “garbage”.

    there is a growing awareness of the importance of recycling and reducing household output of “garbage” volumes. But having to cart recyclables to centres on our own time and materials is not within every household’s financial reach. Community activism is our only hope.

    And to top it off, SSA reps openly lie about their sorting and recycling. Efforts to move forward are hampered when we are fed such falsehoods.

  6. jrsmith January 23, 2017 at 5:56 am

    @,Peter, hail, hail, if you want to have a go at me do so, but dont accuse me of lining up barbados to (England)… I am 100% bajan not a come yeh..
    As for calling the British back, we would be a lot better off if they did come back……
    My last comment was the filling of the holes in the road in Barbados , seeing how its done in the (UK) which we can learn from………………………………………………….
    Even so there is so much we can learn from England for free if we want to take Barbados forward with the varying technologies….
    But i would,nt forget how so much people want to be like the US thats why we have guns all over the place………

  7. Peter January 23, 2017 at 8:51 am

    But jrsmith, you imply that in almost all your comments. So I was thinking for a moment there that although you are a Bajan born, you can’t let go of England.

  8. Helicopter(8P) January 23, 2017 at 10:19 am

    It’s no disrespect for the English here but in Barbados the attitude of saying; the standards that the British had put in place needed to be more relaxed. Unfortunately that misconception has brought about a callus responsibility withing some sectors of the environment. They are two frames of thought on the island. It’s the Bajan way or the Barbadian!

  9. Greengiant January 23, 2017 at 4:54 pm

    I’m saying that Ralphie should stay in Coleridge street. Lawyers have been not been effective in Parliament and should stay away. Make your money as employees of the state drafting updated legislation so we can get the wheels of justice moving freely.

    I have much respect for you, and as such will not be voting for you. I fear having to lose that respect once you’re elected. This pitch is not the type for attorneys to play on. Ask your legal brothers. That’s providing they remember how to tell the truth

  10. Frank White January 23, 2017 at 7:42 pm

    It seems no matter how these candidates line up, they are all the same. What about a new attitude on campaign contributions, what about a new attitude on integrity legislation, what about a new attitude on government contracts being constantly issued to white owned companies. Stop going down this same road where the masses are blamed for everything so that you all politicians could line them up for another legislation. Stop with the 1, 2, 3, person place thing… Hegelian principle..


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