Cherry still promising to ease foul situation at Lower Estate

Amid strong complaints from residents of the surrounding communities about the smoke and foul stench emanating from his Lower Estate, St George plant, embattled waste hauler Anderson Fat Child Cherry has announced a temporary halt to his waste separation operations there.

“We are remedying the problem as we only accept the inert material . . . such as rocks and topsoil, [but] we are no longer accepting any green waste at this facility at this time,” the Managing Director of Project Recycle told Barbados TODAY this afternoon, while stressing that “we are here trying to remedy the [environmental] problem with the help of our consultants”.

Cherry, who is also the owner of Jose y Jose Sold & Liquid Waste Management Inc., also revealed that the company was looking to switch its waste collection to a new location at Vaucluse, St Thomas, pending the necessary approvals from the Town & Country Planning Department.

“When our grinders come in, all the green waste that is here will be taken out from this facility and taken to our compost facility [at Vaucluse],” he said, adding that the grinders should be in Barbados in the “next couple of months”.

Over the past few weeks, Cherry’s operations have been under intense scrutiny from the Environmental Protection Department (EPD) which has ordered him to take corrective steps to address the spontaneous combustion taking place at the Lower Estate dumpsite.

The matter has also been a source of major bother for residents in area, who openly vented their frustrations at a recent town hall meeting held at the Salter’s Church of God in St George.

While complaining that the “toxic” fumes emanating from the quarry was putting their health at serious risk, the residents also demanded its immediate closure.

During that meeting, Cherry, who was subjected to three hours of non stop bombardment by residents, later apologized and said he took full responsibility for the issues they were experiencing. 

He also pledged to move immediately to contain the foul smell, as well as to address other concerns.

However, two weeks have passed since that meeting.

And Cherry said today while he wanted to make the residents happy, he had been hamstrung by recent rainy weather conditions.

“With the rain and the storm, I couldn’t do anything . . . So I was not able to honour my commitment to have [the environmental problem] rectified,” Cherry told Barbados TODAY, adding that “we have good weather now . . . so from tomorrow, we will start trucking in more inert material [to cover the affected area].

emmanueljoseph@barbadostoday.bb

7 Responses to Cherry still promising to ease foul situation at Lower Estate

  1. archy perch October 11, 2017 at 2:16 am

    Mia’s company….partners in profit, but Cherry takes the heat.

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  2. Greengiant October 11, 2017 at 6:55 am

    So what? You’re saying that to make what point? If she sees an opportunity to invest in a young black business, I must give her credit for that. We must learn to give credit where it’s due. Politics alone should not dictate everything.

    He has struggled to grow his business, because competing against the bigger, white business class is always a challenge. The reality of this thing is that the current agreement between the S S A and
    S B R C is not in our best financial interest. We the tax payers are paying through our ears for the S S A to collect bulked waste, compact it in the trucks, then for S B R C to sort it.

    Though being paid handsomely S B R C owns the garbage and makes a tremendous profit from it while the public carries the cost of handling. If the garbage is separated at source (homes, commercial sites, public venues) then the compaction would be managed better, resulting in less maintenance cost on compacter trucks and reduced sorting fees.

    It’s in the interest of some established players in the environmental sector to keep the pressure on Cherry. He’s a serious threat to the status quo. He wants to stake his claim and take his share within a sector he has grown in. As a black, white, Indian or any race of Barbadian everyone has a right to compete for the business in this country. So does he. All races, classes and professionals have a right to invest where they see future returns. So does Ms. Mottley.

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  3. Alex Alleyne October 11, 2017 at 7:40 am

    In some other NEIGHBOURHOOD , the problem would have been solved long time.
    Mr. CHERRY always on top of things , wonder what gone wrong here.

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  4. andy g October 11, 2017 at 8:38 am

    It will never go away.maybe lower stench level.some spraying chemical will help.go live in Brooklyn (canarsie ,e,n.y area)see what it’s like in summer,and leaving jfk via the vanwyck expwy. sewer plus garbage

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  5. milli watt October 11, 2017 at 10:48 am

    cannot believe this tub a lard still giving trouble wid dis ting, he part a de mottley crew……….if the regulators having trouble closing he down then they can’t come at my place REAL TALK!

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  6. Helicopter(8P) October 11, 2017 at 12:22 pm

    Mr Cherry I am truely gratefull for you to have purchased grinders to degrade organic vegitative waste. This process would mean that coconut shells, tree branches and prickley shrubs such as thornberries (Dunks trees) would be processed into Agricultural Fertilizer. You are truly the Number One Man in the Number Two Business!

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  7. Alex Alleyne October 11, 2017 at 3:28 pm

    And who is Number THREE in the number ONE & TWO Business.
    LOL, LOL, LOL.

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