Waste offer

Europe offers to help Barbados with garbage management

One of Barbados’ most powerful international partners has opened the door for the Freundel Stuart administration to seek funding for a waste management project here, to include recycling.

Head of Delegation for the European Commission in Barbados Daniela Tramacere today placed the offer on the table, pointing out that it was about time Government holds very serious discussion on the matter.

Stating that the EU’s assistance with the Public Sector Smart Energy Programme, which seeks to drive down energy costs in the public sector, was not just a one off, Tramacere said  Brussels was “fully committed” to helping Barbados and the rest of the region tackle a number of issues, including that of waste management.

“We are willing to support you financially, technically [and] building capacity in your efforts to building your energy mix in increasing your savings in electricity. This is one of the fields we would like to work more in the future. There are others and I would like today to mention one as a food for thought. We have to work in waste disposal and recycling as well. So I am launching a little dot here for the future,” Tramacere said.

The European diplomat said while Barbados had made significant strides when it came to recycling, the country was a “a little late” in overall waste management.

“We would like to enter into discussion because of course we know in this country there is a lot of potential for recycling. You may be aware that there is a big issue about waste going into the ocean . . . [and] we have a serious problem with plastic as well.

“In a way recycling could imply also generation of energy, definitely the management of waste is a job creating opportunity and you know waste can be a big business too. So I think it is high time to start talking about what we want to do about waste disposal, recycling, protection of the ocean and our resources. We are a little late but I think we would like to start a conversation, not only with Barbados but with other Caribbean countries and think about the possibility of a regional programme. I am just opening the door for the future. I hope somebody will come through that door,” she said.

Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister with responsibility for Energy Senator Darcy Boyce welcomed the idea of EU funding for such a project, saying he would ensure a follow up.

“I take the point that Daniela mentioned about waste and I will follow up with her on that in a very serious discussion shortly,” Boyce said.

At the beginning of this month Government senator Andre Worrell called on the DLP administration to place waste to energy back on the table as a priority for national discussion.

Pointing out that Barbados continued to grapple with the issue of garbage disposal, Worrell argued at the time that while the country had done well in the area of recycling, it was time other forms of solid waste be tackled effectively.

“We need to bring it back on the table, the conversation about how do we go further in terms of using our garbage to develop energy to power the country. We need that conversation back on the table again,” Worrell said then as he added to the debate in the Senate on the Offshore Petroleum (Amendment) Bill 2017.

Government is currently engaged in a garbage collection scheme with private waste haulers, which was brokered last October to help clear the mounting garbage across the country.

However, with the administration struggling to pay the truckers, at least one hauler has quit the deal.

17 Responses to Waste offer

  1. Thomas Browne
    Thomas Browne August 16, 2017 at 2:42 am

    How can waste management not be high on the agenda of any administration? We need to get our act together on this and fast?

  2. Duane Burke
    Duane Burke August 16, 2017 at 4:16 am

    Waste Reduction through recycling runs counter to Waste to Energy. The comments by the senator is very concerning since it seems that Cahill type project is being brought back to the table (although it is alleged that it never left and is currently owned by a Texan company) We need recycling and waste management not Cahill type waste of a project.

  3. Sebastian Da Costa
    Sebastian Da Costa August 16, 2017 at 5:27 am

    Let see how we drag our feet in this one

  4. Steve Jemmott
    Steve Jemmott August 16, 2017 at 6:20 am

    “Financiers” nowadays will line up for any project deal with “Governments” once it includes :natural resources given, minimal infrastructure and 25+ years guarantees of profit,They can be found a plenty. Why does it seem to be an issue here?

  5. Denis Lashley August 16, 2017 at 7:07 am

    Wait! You mean to tell me that we can’t take any successful garbage to energy program that’s being used in other countries and have all our local investors and players come up with a viable working project?
    This insults our intelligence and our education period.
    Once again, the more hands in the pie the more to pay out!

  6. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner August 16, 2017 at 7:07 am

    Sure this offer of help comes with a catch for Barbados taxpayers.

  7. Lee August 16, 2017 at 7:18 am

    Why do people fail to connect the dots in Barbados? It is obvious that proper waste management is the sine qua non of our health, our environment, our tourism, our water resources, our energy bill, industry dynamics, employment, productivity, pride . . . . and growth. Are we going to be suspicious of everyone pushing this discussion while we sink?

    We should thank the offices of the EU for the offer of help.

  8. Anderson Cherry August 16, 2017 at 7:50 am

    Please will someone read my Proposal to government it’s 2 years now .

  9. Miguel Carlos Jose Humphrey
    Miguel Carlos Jose Humphrey August 16, 2017 at 8:47 am

    Cahill gasification is not what is needed or should be rushed into again at any rate.

    Barbados can not recover from that mistake.

  10. Ali Baba
    Ali Baba August 16, 2017 at 9:09 am


    • Jennifer August 16, 2017 at 12:09 pm

      Them need two told WASTE management too. It to the brim.

  11. Helicopter (8P) August 16, 2017 at 10:14 am

    Mr Cherry you are the Number One Man in the Number Two Business” and I would like to read that proposal! I would also like to read the findings on the beach waters along the island coast which were researched by the German team of marine biologist and scientist last year.

  12. Milli Watt August 16, 2017 at 12:40 pm

    this will not go anywhere unless people get a direct benefit from it…….this don’t sound like a CAHILL AND THIS WOMAN LOOK ABOVE BOARD. We don’t do abave board

  13. Donild Trimp August 16, 2017 at 4:43 pm

    Wait a minute!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Why should or would this suggestion by this woman take precedent over Mr. Cherry’s proposal?

    There we go again, if it is from us, it cannot be any good.

    If it is from massa or massa representative, it is worth a look in.

    Come in Jennifer, you are needed here.

  14. Jennifer August 16, 2017 at 9:02 pm

    @donild – stop that naughty donild. I does pick my fights. I like this woman ideas. Not sure about this Cahill others are talking about as I was living abroad at the time. But I like recycling, my kids were big on it as it was pushed in all the schools. Different collection trays for different objects. Even the havesting of food scraps producing worms and compost. So I quite like recycling. It was one of the things I missed about the EU. The thing is that in the EU you are GIVEN WASTE BINS FREE. And compost bins FREE. I am thinking that like the plastic bags scenario you will not be given free materials. As every one takes the pi$$ in this place. As I said in the UK EVERY ONE was given free recycling bags initially. This people want to follow but is not willing to make the necessary steps to ensure smooth transitions by the public. I would say it is sad that this people can’t get anything going with all the education and is still being lead by the .,…..,.,

    • Jennifer August 16, 2017 at 9:14 pm

      Sorry donild I like creepy crawlies and snakes.

      And before someone start talking about money and freeness, be very careful what you say. We have a lot of wastage in this place especially in regards to money. This here woman or who ever will also need to manage that aspect (money) of wastage itself.

  15. BaJan boy August 17, 2017 at 8:31 am

    They will never want this type of investment. Nothing will fall into pockets from this organization. #tootransparent.


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