St Peter residents highlight garbage woes

After two weeks of not having their garbage collected by the Sanitation Service Authority (SSA) some residents in the north of the island say they have now reached the tipping point.

The constant eyesore of trash spilling onto the streets is an issue which several Barbadians have been forced to deal with for months even though Minister of Environment and Drainage Dr Denis Lowe assured as recently as last December that the island’s garbage collection issues would be addressed.

Heaps of Garbage Bags can be seen in some St Peter communities.

“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.

At the time, Lowe also said the Ministry of Finance was making resources available to address some of the fundamental needs of the Sanitation Service Authority (SSA). He had also emphasized that the SSA’s staff were also doing their best under the circumstances to keep Barbados clean.

However in some St Peter communities, the sight of a sanitation truck is a very rare one.

“All I know is that this is two weeks now I had my garbage put out there and we haven’t seen a truck come. I think we getting neglected,” said Franklyn Corbin, who resides in Boscobel, St Peter.

Franklyn Corbin

“This is really bad,” he said while pointing to a pile of garbage that was literally at his front door.

However, he quickly corrected himself, suggesting that situation was even worse than he had explained.

“Bad is not the word. Straight up the road all you can see is bare garbage when you walk or drive.  Sometimes one place has more than a truck load and you can’t see a truck,” he further complained.

Corbin also said he had heard talk of SSA workers not receiving salaries, which he said might be the reason for the infrequent garbage pickups.

“We see some freight trucks hauling from time to time, but you don’t see any of the Government trucks for a joke,” he said, adding that “I asked one of the men what happen the last time I saw a truck, and one of the guys told me that they weren’t getting paid so the trucks can’t work. I also think the Government have to buy trucks. Maybe they aren’t enough,” Corbin suggested.

Another resident, Francia Haynes, told Barbados TODAY she was frustrated not only with the unpleasant sight of garbage, but rodents as well.

Francia Haynes

“Two weeks have gone and we haven’t seen a truck. Sometimes it harbours rats  . . . The truck used to come normally on Saturday morning, but it hasn’t come for a while now.

“I am frustrated because we keep packing up garbage and it looks disgusting in front of the house. There is garbage all along the road and dogs pull it out and make the situation worse and when you pass, the smell is horrible.

“We would like them to do something about it because it has been a long time now. It really should be removed. I don’t think enough is being done at all,” Haynes stressed.

Over in Indiana Ground, an equally upset Suzanne Boyce said: “It is very ridiculous that the garbage can’t be collected on time. I had my garbage removed on Sunday and then again on Tuesday. Before that we had to wait for a long time. We don’t know if it will come next week either,” she said, pointing out that “the garbage troubles the environment and then you have a lot of kids who are asthmatics as well.

“Health is important and it makes the district look disgraceful,” she said,

Another resident, who requested anonymity, also vented to Barbados TODAY saying: “This is the longest time now that my garbage was out. I saw the garbage truck come down, turn around and went back up the road and look my garbage still here.”

Opposition Barbados Labour Party candidate for St Peter Colin Jordan in a written letter to Barbados TODAY expressed his concerns about the issue.

“Why do residents of St Peter have to suffer through not having their garbage collected for weeks on end? What kind of Government do we have in Barbados when even the most basic of services cannot be provided to citizens?

“The situation that many residents of St Peter find themselves in is both unhealthy and unconscionable.

“Garbage is now spilling onto the streets as garbage cans and collection points can no longer accommodate household refuse,” Jordan said.

When contacted SSA General Manager Roslyn Knight declined to comment.

9 Responses to Disgraceful!

  1. Tee White February 9, 2018 at 7:24 am

    This is the state that Barbados is in today and yet the IMF, CDB and their neo-liberal economists keep pushing this myth that Bajans are living beyond our means and have to face more cutbacks. Cannot get your garbage collected in a timely fashion in 2018 and people who are living in luxury telling you that you have too much of a good life. Steuuuuupse

    • Jason Arthur February 9, 2018 at 1:06 pm

      You make a good point here, but I think you go way off-track when you make it sound as if Bajans won’t have to pay a price for all the foolishness that this government has done to hurt our economy over the last 9 1/2 years.

      Is it too much to ask for in this day and age that your neighborhood have its garbage collected regularly? No, it’s not too much to ask as a taxpayer. Organising regular garbage collection is one of the most basic things that a modern society should expect its government to take care of, and Bajans deserve better than this. Also, let’s not forget that the government implemented a tipping fee and more recently the NSRL, and that these actions were taken in order to help the authorities to properly fund our waste disposal system. But yet, year after year we see all of the problems that our government has been facing in providing this very basic service to its citizens. So what gives? How can you be paying more and more as taxpayers for a service and it never gets any better? The answer is simple… It’s because this government is still cash-strapped. Wake up, folks! Our government runs a deficit every single year; in other words, our government spends more than it earns every single year. With all the borrowing that they’ve been doing, the D’s have doubled our national debt since they’ve been in office. But yet, some Bajans don’t want to hear that we’re living beyond our means as a country?

      Barbadians need to realise that we will have to pay a price for giving this government two terms in office. What happens when you raise taxes but you still don’t have enough money to buy new garbage trucks? Well, regular garbage collection will never be guaranteed. What happens when you spend more than you earn year after year? Well, at some point you will have to pay back your creditors or else they will stop lending to you. Whether we like it or not, all of us will have to pay a price for this government’s ineptitude. Despite their constant assurances that Bajans just need to be patient and things will get better, things just continue to get worse. We’re down to 6.6 weeks of foreign exchange cover, folks. We’ve always heard that the minimum cover that we should aim for is 12 weeks. As Bajans, we need to stop lying to ourselves about how desperate our situation has become. It’s time for a change, and it’s long overdue, in my opinion.

      • Jonathan Nurse February 10, 2018 at 4:02 pm

        Thank you for your explanation.

        • Jonathan Nurse February 10, 2018 at 4:13 pm

          The Minister of the Environment Dr. Denis Lowe has said already that there will soon be a new fleet of 35 garbage trucks for the Sanitation Service Authority to pick up all of the garbage around Barbados every week. They can wait until the general elections come and they can talk a lot of foolishness that the SSA employees have failed to pick up the garbage in the parish of St. Peter. They should know better.

  2. Clyde Thompson February 9, 2018 at 8:15 am

    Fire the SSA management all, they are useless fat cats.

  3. Mack February 9, 2018 at 1:40 pm

    The Minister of this department responsible for garbage collection. Is not concern about garbage collection.

    HE IS CONCERN WITH SAME SEX MARAGES. Now you know why your garbage is not being collected.

  4. Alex Alleyne February 9, 2018 at 3:22 pm

    The Minister of Health and the AG are on the same path in running Barbados down and under and it will become the laughing block of CARICOM.
    Just can’t wait to see the back of those 2.

  5. Ossie Moore February 9, 2018 at 3:39 pm


    Sent to Commissioner of Police Tyrone Griffith :

    . . . by the way , since I’ve got your attention Mr. Commissioner of Police Tyrone Griffith ,how about you and your Public affairs officer ( P A O ) Roland Cobbler taking a lesson about ” black History ( SINCE THIS IS BLACK HISTORY MONTH ).

    The ROYAL Barbados Police Dept. still describes black Barbadians ( the way they were taught by the British centuries ago ) like slaves and jungle animals.

    large head
    round head
    big nose
    large mouth
    big lips
    big eyes
    large ears
    bow legs
    dark skin
    walks with an erect stance

    Mr. Commissioner these descriptions describe you and all the officers of the entire RBPF along with the Barbados media ( the Barbados Today and the Nation newspaper ).

    How do you think Black Barbadians would react if a white Police officer form Great Britain , Canada , The USA or any European country described a black Barbadian the way you described them ?

    Then that white Police officer would be call a ” white racist prejudiced officer who don’t like black bajans ”

    So the next time before you Sir and your PAO Roland Cobbler give out a description a black Barbadian I urge you both to take a very serious look in the mirror and tell Barbadians what you saw. . . . .. . did you see :

    (a) a black Barbadian or

    ( b) a wild jungle animal

    I am quite sur

  6. Tee White February 9, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    @Ossie Moore Well done. You addressed it to the right person.


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