Garbage collection issues being addressed, says Lowe

As Christmas preparations move into high gear, residents across Barbados are being assured that issues related to waste disposal are being addressed.

This assurance has come from Minister of the Environment and Drainage, Dr Denis Lowe, who said that he is working to ensure that appropriate measures are in place to tackle the issues immediately.

“We are aware of the concerns in the various locations with the removal of skips and the general collection of waste around certain parts of the island,” he said.

Dr Lowe said the Ministry of Finance was making resources available to address some of the fundamental needs of the Sanitation Service Authority (SSA). In addition, he emphasised that the SSA’s staff were also doing their best under the circumstances to keep Barbados clean.

“I assure the public that my full attention is being given to this matter, and we are hopeful that we will get through the holiday period with minimum to no challenges with the collection of our waste,” the Minister said.

He explained that the state of equipment had challenged the SSA’s ability to effectively and efficiently provide waste collection across the island.

“Compactors and skip trucks are necessary for us to be able to execute our responsibility with a minimum amount of challenge,” he said, admitting that the process so far, was protracted.

In the interim, he advised householders and commercial enterprises that they should be mindful of the established standards for the setting out of waste, even though it was difficult to establish a schedule for communities.

Dr Lowe appealed to persons to give consideration to ensuring that their garbage was not put out immediately after a vehicle passed. “That is important since most areas get one collection per week with the exception of some commercial areas and densely populated communities,” he explained.

He further reminded the public that a Bulky Waste Collections Programme was established to assist communities with the removal of bulk waste, which was separate and distinct from their municipal waste.

“We started in the north of the island and now we are moving to the south. It is our intention to cover the entire island to remove large bulky items from the curbside,” Dr Lowe said, noting it was not a new programme.

However, the Minister noted that should any community have immediate or pressing needs, then those persons should feel free to call the SSA so assistance could be obtained as quickly as possible.

35 Responses to Garbage collection issues being addressed, says Lowe

  1. Mervin Stevenson
    Mervin Stevenson December 17, 2017 at 2:06 pm

    I’m glad this finally got his attention

    • Gittens Hallam
      Gittens Hallam December 17, 2017 at 4:40 pm

      You really believe this has his attention? U gotta be kidding

    • Mervin Stevenson
      Mervin Stevenson December 17, 2017 at 9:28 pm

      election time has got their attention. the trucks just the dangling carrot

    • Neval Greenidge
      Neval Greenidge December 18, 2017 at 1:15 am

      Yuh think????

  2. Alwin Ellis
    Alwin Ellis December 17, 2017 at 2:15 pm

    Dennis Lowe is also a piece of garbage

  3. Oliver Smith December 17, 2017 at 2:17 pm

    This Minister is a pure joker. We still waiting in the new sanitation trucks he promised months ago.

    Instead he has built a shint new headquarters building foe SSA. Steupse. I so tired of his bs.

  4. Deborah King
    Deborah King December 17, 2017 at 2:19 pm

    When they picking up the garbage they better pick up Fumble and his crew and dump DEM out to sea.

    • Andria Eversley
      Andria Eversley December 17, 2017 at 3:10 pm

      Lol your so right

    • Nikolai Gibson
      Nikolai Gibson December 17, 2017 at 6:10 pm

      Not in the sea Deb, somewhere else, the sea can’t handle anymore.

    • Ervan Small
      Ervan Small December 17, 2017 at 10:23 pm

      Don’t throw them in the south coast either, up there has too much sewage already.

  5. Jermaine Zedel Emme Beckford
    Jermaine Zedel Emme Beckford December 17, 2017 at 2:34 pm

    Deceit lies propaganda

  6. John Everatt December 17, 2017 at 2:34 pm

    Here is a short translation of some of the term used here.

    being addressed – being talked about
    immediately – within the next year or so
    challenges – garbage all over the streets
    resources available – money to hire external contractors
    challenged – past tense of challenge
    state of equipment – broken down trucks
    protracted – continues to leave garbage all over the island
    feel free to call the SSA – means exactly what it says not that there will be a response

  7. Sonia Seale
    Sonia Seale December 17, 2017 at 2:41 pm

    I thought that this was one of the ” seasonal” garbage times.Are they really working on it?. If they are serious, then give us back a scheduled garbage day. Don’t let it continue to be willy-nilly and any day, any time for any district as happens now. Then we would truly believe you.

  8. Cuthbert Lucas
    Cuthbert Lucas December 17, 2017 at 2:59 pm

    Don’t believe him

  9. Wayne R. Pilgrim-Cadogan
    Wayne R. Pilgrim-Cadogan December 17, 2017 at 3:14 pm

    We have been hearing this for the past four years and a lot of promises, but of course, elections are in the air and we will get a lot of fair promises now and more promises plus a lot of quick fixes that should have been implemented during the last four years. The horse bolted from the stable a long time ago!

  10. Tony Webster December 17, 2017 at 3:29 pm

    Lord, effing I lie, you know what to do. I’must just back from three weeks in Grenada. Every morning, a clean, like-new sanitation truck clears two drums of village stuff, right in front of my son’s home in Gouyave. Cud set my watch by dem. Government owns ZERO garbage trucks in Grenada. No miracles, just doings things right…and not just spouting sewage…sorry…garbage about fixing broken things.
    BTW.. government also own the same number of buses, which take me everywhere in nice clean Toyota mini-buses, anytime, anywhere. No dance-hall sewage …sorry…music…just Xmas carols, or the local call in radio. Roads? Counted about 5 pot-holes in thee weeks…about the size of a mango.

    As true as John 3:16, please Sir. Seasons Greetings to you Sir, an’ I hope you like your new job, come 2018.

  11. E Jerome Davis
    E Jerome Davis December 17, 2017 at 3:43 pm

    You want new vehicles fuh dem drivers to mash up?

  12. Nathaniel Samuels December 17, 2017 at 4:26 pm

    Being addressed? This state of affairs should have already been addressed and everything now as it should be.
    At least keep coming out at Christmas time and pre election so that people can hear you but too late shall be your cry, brother Lowe.
    You have wasted so much time over the eight years and now you trying to justify your pick.
    We dun wid you and don’t want to see you again. Take your garbage and go. And while you are at it, take the other guys from your party. Enough is enough and too much is way too much.

  13. Denton Crichlow
    Denton Crichlow December 17, 2017 at 7:08 pm

    Sad to say but its the truth,Dennis low is a waste of blasted time.

  14. luther thorne December 17, 2017 at 8:41 pm

    He mout look like piece ah garbage and it always spewing sewage.

  15. Angus Benn
    Angus Benn December 17, 2017 at 9:23 pm

    Every thing will address address before election.

  16. Adrian Allison
    Adrian Allison December 17, 2017 at 9:51 pm

    Four months left in a decade in government now suddenlly he’s talking crap about addressing the garbage issue, the South Coast sewage problems.
    Brother, wake the hell up and arise from your slumber so you can leave Bay Street on your own volition because the electorate will throw you out but has no intention of carrying your useless lazy ass anymore, anywhere.
    Go Lowe, enough of you already !!!

  17. Lennox Hewitt
    Lennox Hewitt December 18, 2017 at 1:19 am

    Everybody hates lowe people allways saying he is a liar when it comes to d garbage situation i ser garbage were down holetoen gine 3 weekes strait it gone now.

  18. Shaka sadu December 18, 2017 at 6:30 am

    How many years did it take him to make this observation? Obviously this man knew nothing about the job he was designated to do and should have been removed from the position a long time ago for someone more qualified. This is obviously some one who is in it for the pay and doesnt care about the state of his country. Maybe he has a garbage free road too and from his home to where ever or a very dark tint on his windows.

  19. Natasha Natasha
    Natasha Natasha December 18, 2017 at 7:07 am

    He lives in China as I had said in a previous post because he certainly can’t be living bout here

  20. archy perch December 18, 2017 at 8:10 am

    @ luther thorne. I am now convinced that you are one of those politicians from that crooked BLP side, who are making all these empty promises. You told us you are going on a hunger strike until general elections are called. I – minding your obviously lying mouth – went to Popular, and spent alot of money on foodstuff to fatten you, and things to help you belch and fart stink so people would know you are around and alive. But low and behold I wasted my time and money. You have left me down luther. You have NOT kept your word. SMH.
    I am going to Roberts now for some scratch grain to sprinkle around your house. So i’ll be back.

  21. milli watt December 18, 2017 at 8:40 am

    lowe should be riding back seat in one a dem trucks….it would be step up from what he riding in now which is bare $^!###

  22. Sue December 18, 2017 at 9:23 am

    Just returned from our annual trip and noticed that the infamous Dover Playing Field skip is still full to overflowing, just moved across the road is the only change we saw. Also, along by Walker’s World there was so much trash,plastic cups, just thrown about, sad. I am sure the tourists can take some of the blame but if there was a serious effort to say NO to the dropping of trash it might make a difference. We still love Bim though

  23. kk December 18, 2017 at 9:34 am

    promises, promises, promises. (bajan terms) if n wunna int come to take up mine, i gine find somebody to move it for me.

  24. luther thorne December 18, 2017 at 12:01 pm

    Your point reinforces the point that the Government of the day is to blame. They cannot even formulate a proper anti littering campaign. But how could they when they themselves are presiding over littering the South Coast with She-ite.
    This Government is the absolute worst
    There is no way that they should be given a 3rd Term. Time to give some one else a chance to administer the affairs of Barbados. Away with the bad stuff. Sickening !!

  25. Wayne P Hoyte
    Wayne P Hoyte December 18, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    If your driver for your route is successful in winning the daily truck lottery you may see improvements or believe that there are improvements.

    After about 2-3 weeks garbage in my district was collected on the 3rd, 8th, and 13th December. Next collection is due on the 20th. Best wishes to the driver and his team in securing a truck.

  26. Rasheed Hope
    Rasheed Hope December 18, 2017 at 3:09 pm

    Mark Browne

  27. Alex Alleyne December 18, 2017 at 5:21 pm

    A wall of words, equal “bare Garbage”. Should have been fired from way back when.

  28. Belfast December 18, 2017 at 5:41 pm

    Reserve some space for 16 bags of excess garbage

  29. Sandra Madea
    Sandra Madea December 18, 2017 at 6:02 pm

    When I see it I will believe it….


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