FCT: Govt dragging its feet on the environment

Government is continuing to ignore vital policy recommendations to reduce littering in Barbados while other Caribbean countries have whole-heartedly embraced the same initiatives, Public Relations Officer of the Future Centre Trust (FCT) Kammie Holder has charged.

In delivering remarks during Tuesday’s presentation of brown paper bags by Rock Hard Cement as part of a large-scale initiative to reduce the widespread use of plastic bags, Holder lamented that persistent calls for the Ministry of the Environment to expand the list of items under the Returnable Containers Act had not been heeded.

He complained that countries such as Antigua and Barbuda and Grenada had adopted his organization’s recommendation for an appliance registry in an effort to later trace their owners when improperly disposed.

Yet, Holder said, the Denis Lowe-led ministry had yet to acknowledge the suggestions.

“We have written the Ministry of the Environment on this matter. I have gone as far as Antigua where they have sought to adopt our returnable container measures, as well as the Grenada government who believes that it is a nice piece of legislation. However, we have not been so fortunate to get a response from the Ministry of the Environment on those two initiatives. We don’t know if the letter was lost or misplaced,” lamented Holder.

“Over time we have relentlessly said to the Government that there is a need for an increase of the list items within the Returnable Containers Act. We have also put to the Government that we are willing to manage a database, which would capture all appliances purchased in this country,” he added.

The environmental advocate said the country had failed to adequately deal with the illegal disposal of white goods, and questioned Government’s reluctance to enact control measures that would place very little strain on the public coffers.

“Far too often we are seeing appliances on the streets of Barbados. In years gone by there was a television licence where every television had to be registered, which made for easy tracking. The time is right where that has to happen. It does not call for anything from the Government, all that is called for is Government to put the necessary legislation in place and the Future Centre Trust is willing and able whereby if a piece of garbage is caught where it shouldn’t be, we are able to trace that information. The retailer forwards us that information and we could do the policing,” Holder pointed out.

5 Responses to FCT: Govt dragging its feet on the environment

  1. jrsmith June 1, 2017 at 5:05 am

    The government dragging its feet, their are not, …… this is the natural government behaviour , the most …..
    Non accountable…….
    Non productive ……
    Bunch of people calling themselves a government , we have ever had…….
    I would still level lots of blame at the (BLP) opposition, they missed the chance , had the time to have brought this bunch to they knees, from ever angle……………………………

  2. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner June 1, 2017 at 7:13 am

    Simple Barbados have been govern by old worn out politicians who know nothing about progress that’s why de lil rock is one if not de most backward Caribbean island.

  3. Barney Gibbs June 1, 2017 at 8:45 pm

    Thanks for speaking out Kammie. I agree 100% about the revisiting the Returnable Containers Act. When that (very progressive) legislation was drafted, it is likely that plastic water bottles and Tetra Paks were not an issue. However these days they are a large part of the loose litter we see. If these two categories were included, bottle collectors would take them up with the same zeal they collect the PET bottles.

  4. Barney Gibbs June 1, 2017 at 8:45 pm

    Yes waste management infrastructure needs to be upgraded, but so much could be improved at the stroke of a pen!
    Best of all, vulnerable individuals use bottle collecting as a source of income, where they get cash for trash, or at least a voucher at the supermarket.

  5. Yap Bait June 1, 2017 at 9:32 pm

    Despite all the fines posted everywhere, I am yet to see a case and any charges of substance filed against anyone for littering as a deterrent.


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