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The Adrian Loveridge Column – Garbage Challenge for Denis Lowe

Denis Lowe, Minister of the Drainage

Denis Lowe, Minister of the Drainage

Even residents living within the constituency of the Minister responsible does not guarantee any idea of which day, or sometimes, which particular week, domestic garbage will be collected. And I specifically mention residents, as businesses like ours, even though we live on the premises, which is considered a ‘perk’ and taxable, do not receive any state ‘complimentary’ waste collection at all.

For years we have been separating all waste, and on a far more regular basis than our area receives from the Sanitation Service, B’s recycling collects free of charge, cardboard, glass, plastics and metal containers every week on a particular day. All other disposable garbage is placed in a skip and frequently emptied at a cost payable to a private sector company of around $350 each time which covers rental and removal.

Like many businesses we sighed with relief when the ill thought-out Municipal Waste Tax fee was abolished, but that was until we realised that the exact amount, in our case over $8,000, had simply been added to our annual land tax bill. So no increase in land value, but an additional weekly burden of $165 to receive no service whatsoever!

We all know Government is under severe economic pressure despite the significant increase in visitor arrival numbers and spending, with all that extra non reclaimable VAT it generates.

The biggest single problem that this spasmodic state garbage collection causes is that poorly wrapped waste is left to the mercy of stray dogs, multiplying rodents, especially rats and since the increase in rainfall, massive and widespread mosquito breeding. This is particularly disturbing, considering the much publicized discussion related to the ZIKA virus in the worldwide media.

From the short exercise walk each day we undertake, it is obvious that most Barbadians do not separate and sort all their domestic waste and Government alone cannot be blamed for this. Personally, I would like to see more corporate sponsored recycling bins placed at strategic places which could include rum shops and even churches, where space exists.

Our Minister responsible for the environment could lead the way by placing some colour coded disposal bins at his constituency office and his political opposition ‘wannabe’ might follow suit, to set an example. Companies like B’s should also receive duty free concessions for their vehicles and other equipment that would help reduce the amount of waste dumped at the landfill and where there is some cost benefit gleaned from recycling.

As with the Transport Board, the current administration appears unable to ensure the Sanitation Service Authority can maintain and operate sufficient vehicles to undertake the job required, so my suggestion is that they turn this part of their operation over to the private sector. The Government would instead lease the vehicles on full maintenance contracts with specified time limits, to allow for frequent new vehicle replacement, say after five years.

None of this is rocket science and has probably been said many times before, but before we turn this what may be perceived as a pristine destination into a 166 square mile garbage tip, something has to be done.

The overwhelming majority of our visitor’s emanate from countries which have been practicing successful recycling programmes for decades.

Surely it is not beyond our tiny country?

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10 Comments on “The Adrian Loveridge Column – Garbage Challenge for Denis Lowe”

  1. Ready Done August 1, 2016 at 7:28 AM #

    Hotels need to pull their own weight and stop sponging off of poor people. All hotels should separate and recycle everything by law of face stiff fines that should be used to maintain said garbage trucks.

    Hotel garbage is more that 50% if i had to guess.

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  2. Colonel Buggy August 1, 2016 at 3:14 PM #

    Its nice to see,that at long last, the delinquency in garbage collection is being linked to Tourism.

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  3. Tudor August 2, 2016 at 6:28 AM #

    Ready Done what about the rest of us – shouldn’t everyone be doing this?

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  4. David August 2, 2016 at 9:04 AM #

    Are the commercial houses taxed?

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  5. Colonel Buggy August 3, 2016 at 12:21 PM #

    None of this is rocket science and has probably been said many times before, but before we turn this what may be perceived as a pristine destination into a 166 square mile garbage tip, something has to be done.
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    Adrian have you wondered why there are only a few responses to this important topic? We have had countless discussions on BU in the last two years on the subject of garbage, I was even referred to as the ‘Garbage Policeman’. Those in tourism have ignored,generally, to get involved in any discussion, preferring to talk about, airlifts, occupancy and concessions, and all the other things which attract visitors,and painting Barbados as a ‘pristine destination’ Now, as I suspect, that the “166 square mile garbage tip,” is beginning to bite into visitor arrivals, especially repeat visitors, like CO Williams, we now want to Move the earth to please.
    And just as bad is the Prime Minister who invites frequent visitors to his palace at Illaro court, wine and dine them, and does bugger all to deal with the ever increasing mounds of stinking garbage that these visitors ,and residents, have to deal with.

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  6. David August 3, 2016 at 12:37 PM #

    Didn’t the government split the BTA to ensure one entity focuses on the product? Key government departments need to seamlessly cooperate operate for the national good.

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  7. Donna August 4, 2016 at 6:07 PM #

    One filthy mess!

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  8. GreenMonkey August 4, 2016 at 10:14 PM #

    And just as bad is the Prime Minister who invites frequent visitors to his palace at Illaro court, wine and dine them, and does bugger all to deal with the ever increasing mounds of stinking garbage that these visitors ,and residents, have to deal with.

    And not to mention still no action to remove the rusted and bunt out abandoned car wreck that has been sitting in the scenic lookout spot just above Bath Beach for months on end now. I suppose they figure that the high end visitors to the new Hyatt skyscraper hotel will not be able to see it from even the 15th floor penthouse suites, so they will just leave it for the salt spray in the air to eventually take care of the problem in its own good time by rusting it down to nothing.

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  9. BaJan boy August 6, 2016 at 11:54 PM #

    Just like the water problem in the North and and North east it does not affect their ability as the comstiuencies affecting are not marginal so who cares the car can stay there and the garbage can pile up like Denis Lowe guts once we win the election..

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