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Denis Lowe It is Time to Ban Plastic

plasticAll agree Barbados does not have an effective waste management strategy –see today’s Nation front page story. The attempt to build the largest gasification plant in the world on a small island developing state -166 square mile island thankfully was stillborn. Late into the second term of this government there is no semblance of a waste management policy.  One would have thought there was the opportunity to learn from the Greenland fiasco foisted on Barbadians by a BLP government. The few recyclers -including pioneer Paul Bynoe of B’s Recycling- have been frustrated into being ineffective and are tottering on the brink of bankruptcy as a result of the lack of support by successive governments.

BU finds it amusing Minister Denis Lowe was elected to the position of Vice President for the Latin America and Caribbean region on the Bureau of the Second United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA), fodder for another blog.

Minister Denis Lowe why not take a baby step by championing the banning of plastic bags in Barbados at the next Cabinet meeting? It does not require any strenuous use of brain power. Communities elsewhere have banned the use of plastic shopping bags for example and they have not cease to exist. Would such a decision not look good on your record given your UN responsibility?

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CALIFORNIA VOTES TO BAN PLASTIC SHOPPING BAGS

Proponents of Plastic Bag Ban Declare Landmark Victory

SACRAMENTO – Californians have voted to enact a state law to ban plastic shopping bags, the first state in the nation to do so.

Proposition 67, the referendum on the state law (Senate Bill 270) passed by the Legislature and signed by Gov. Jerry Brown in September 2014, is leading by 52-48 percent. The law had been challenged by the out-of-state plastic bag industry, which spent more than $6 million to defeat it. The plastic bag manufacturers have issued a statement conceding.

Proposition 65, another measure put on the ballot by the plastic bag industry, was defeated by a 10-point margin, 55-45%.

“California voters have taken a stand against a deceptive, multi-million dollar campaign by out-of-state plastic bag makers,” said Mark Murray of Californians Against Waste, co-chair of the campaign. “This is a significant environmental victory that will mean an immediate elimination of the 25 million plastic bags that are polluted in California every day, threatening wildlife.”

“This is a tremendous victory for California,” said Monterey Bay Aquarium Executive Director Julie Packard. “We were pleased to stand in support of Proposition 67. Despite the millions of dollars that out-of-state plastic bag manufacturers spent to defeat the measure, Californians stood together and prevailed. Now, California can finally implement its first-in-the-nation law to reduce a source of plastic pollution—and protect our ocean, coast and marine wildlife.”

“This is a victory for our oceans and marine life, and for communities all over California dealing with the blight of plastic pollution in their neighborhoods,” said Marce Gutiérrez-Graudiņš, Founder of Azul. “Latino/a communities have a culture of conservation, and a long tradition of using reusable bags. We are excited to see voters’ support for banning plastic bags once and for all.”

“The passage of Prop 67 sends a powerful message to out-of-state plastics manufacturers that California’s environmental protections are not for sale,” said Sarah Rose CEO of the California League of Conservation Voters. “Once again Californians voiced their strong support for bold environmental leadership to move our state and our country forward.”

The law will take effect immediately. It was originally designed to take effect on July 1, 2015 for grocery stores and July 1, 2016 for other retailers.

More than 151 California communities already have local plastic bags in place. The passage of Prop 67 extends the ban to the remainder of the state.

The Yes vote on Prop 67 was backed by a diverse coalition of more than 500 organizations, ranging from environmental groups to business organizations and dozens of cities and counties. They included: Environment California, Heal the Bay, the NAACP, Save the Bay, the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, the California League of Cities, Azul, and the California Labor Federation.   The Yes campaign also received the support of more than 40 newspapers.

“This is also an important victory for the grass roots, said Murray, who noted the Yes campaign was outspent by more than 4-1 ($6.1 million to $1.5 million). “Special interests are losing their ability to use big money to deceive California voters at the ballot box.”

More than 40 percent of California communities are already living without plastic shopping bags through local ordinance.

“Consumers have demonstrated they love this policy,” said Murray. “In the 12 California Counties that have already banned plastic bags, support was most overwhelming, with better than 66% of voters saying yes to Prop 67, and an end to polluting plastic shopping bags.”

More than 70 percent of the Yes on 67 campaign’s funding came from environmental contributors. More than 4,000 individual contributors donated to the campaign. The plastic bag industry had just four contributors.

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51 Comments on “Denis Lowe It is Time to Ban Plastic”

  1. David November 10, 2016 at 5:55 PM #

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  2. Well Well & Consequences November 10, 2016 at 5:57 PM #

    Politicians/ministers in Barbados are not proactive, they are however, quite adept at misleading their people and talking a lot of stupid nonsense….to impress white people.

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  3. NorthernObserver November 10, 2016 at 6:38 PM #

    LOL…but WW that is only 5% who can be impressed?

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  4. Well Well & Consequences November 10, 2016 at 7:43 PM #

    Northern…5% is enough for those retards in parliament…

    ……50 years of taxpayer funded education and controlling the parliament and they still dont get it, watch and see everytime anyone of them open they mouth…shit jumps out. ..they are nauseating.

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  5. Well Well & Consequences November 10, 2016 at 8:05 PM #

    See what I told you Northern. ..Fruendel Jackass Stuart sends Donald Trump a congratulatory letter

    http://www.barbadostoday.bb/2016/11/10/stuart-congratulates-trump/

    Talking about working closey with Trump on climate change……and……and…….and…..

    Ah guess Fruendel did not see Trump’s pledge about having nothing to do with climate change, dont believe in it….thinks it’s bogus….no such thing as global warming…

    And the biggest laugh…Fruedel cannot recall the letter, he already sent it.

    Oh to be a fly on the wall when Trump’s assistant tells him about that letter while he is in a foul mood.

    Lol, hahaha, lol

    That is what always happens to those ministers, they research nothing and always make fools of themselves internationally.

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  6. Tell me Why November 10, 2016 at 8:12 PM #

    Tell me why garbage pick-up was consistent around Barbados and all of a sudden problems
    Tell me why householders had fantastic water supplies in all parishes, all of a sudden we have water problems in nearly ever parish.
    Tell me why we had an excellent bus service, all of a sudden commuters having problems getting to and from work.
    Are we becoming so complacent and refuse to voice our displeasure about what’s happening our have we accept the silence from those in charge?

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  7. Colonel Buggy November 10, 2016 at 8:29 PM #

    Dennis Lowe himself, is plastic , along with his colleagues.

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  8. Colonel Buggy November 10, 2016 at 8:32 PM #

    Well Well & Consequences November 10, 2016 at 8:05 PM #
    You call it a congratulatory letter. I call it an early notification of the begging bowl to follow.

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  9. chad99999 November 10, 2016 at 8:38 PM #

    Thank God I don’t live in California.Paper bags to carry groceries? Reusable fabric bags with all their germs?
    I don’t think so.

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  10. Well Well & Consequences November 10, 2016 at 9:08 PM #

    That too Colonel…Fruendel screed up his begging bowl though. …..Lol

    Chad…your powers of reasoning can be disturbing, ya supposed to wash ya reusable fabric bags that carry YOUR germs….

    ……..plastic bags are unhealthy, do not dgrade and before long the whole US will get rid of them, oh dear, whatever will you do then, if ya survive the US as a black man, ya can always move back to Barbados, the fools refuse to ban them…….lol

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  11. peterlawrencethompson November 10, 2016 at 9:44 PM #

    @chad99999 said “fabric bags with all their germs”

    You do understand, I hope, that you body contains more non human cells than human ones… these microbial (germ) cells outnumber your human cells by about a factor of 10. You are not an individual, you are an ecology. I think you will survive fabric bags.

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  12. peterlawrencethompson November 10, 2016 at 9:47 PM #

    Actually, recent research numbers the microbial cells in the body at only 10 to 20 trillion… only modestly greater than the number of human cells.

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  13. EXCLAIMER November 11, 2016 at 4:22 AM #

    OH DEAR, THIS IS NOT GOOD.

    http://www.nationnews.com/nationnews/news/88997/leak-link-fish-kill

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  14. Well Well & Consequences November 11, 2016 at 6:56 AM #

    Wait…no cussing from the ACs, no highlighting what an idiot George Payne of BLP is whatever gains Moa was making it’s obvious Payne’s plan is to bow down, kowtoe pw and sell out to a racist president, if Trump gets that far……because in Payne’s backward little slave mind…..a racist president would do a lot for the Caribbean. ..but Payne should tell us. ..do a lot of WHAT..lol, hahaha, lol

    George Payne ready to reverse decades of work fighting off racism in black majority Barbados and the Caribbean, all ready to accept his station in life as a hated for his skin color black man…what a stupid slave ready to take his seat in parliament.

    ACs…is that also Fruendel’s plan….dont know how that’s going to work with Fruendel forcing climate change on Trump….lol, hahaha.

    ACs…why are yall so quiet, did something else go wrong and yall trying to hide it, there is raw sewage leaking into the road and killing fish in the swamp…soon tourists would not be able to swim in the sea, with raw sewage……, bet ya were proud Fruendel wrote Trump, chest all puffed up with
    pride..lol

    http://www.nationnews.com/nationnews/news/88997/leak-link-fish-kill

    Look ACs…happy independence. .

    http://www.nationnews.com/nationnews/news/88992/stench-sickens

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  15. Well Well & Consequences November 11, 2016 at 7:09 AM #

    http://www.barbadostoday.bb/2016/11/11/farley-take-barbados-concerns-to-trump-now/

    The last time Republicans controlled the white house they told Caribbean leaders in no uncertain words to approach them as a Caribbean unit…obviously those with short, selective memories have already forgotten that warning and embarrassment…

    ……ah bet ya not one of the Republicans have forgotten though…..because if nothing else…they are ALL..long on memory….and will research their track records and history of correspondence with Caribbean leaders.

    I remembered vividly because I was there at the time.

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  16. Bush Tea November 11, 2016 at 7:33 AM #

    Plastic shiite!!
    It is time to ban Denis Lowe….

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  17. mitchlans November 11, 2016 at 12:39 PM #

    Lowe respond to the sewage problem? ROTFL. It will be the BLP’s fault. I will be all that rain we have had. It will be the public’s fault for shitting too much. I will be Donald Trump’s fault for refusing to acknowledge Global Warming (someone tell that to Fenella Fumble, that is if he is not too busy choosing the flowers and table cloths for his little Independence soiree at the palace at $500 a pop).

    In short, nothing will be done, because nothing can be done by any of these incompetent incumbents. The tourists will come, it will stink on the south coast, they will write it up on TripAdvisor (which is only used by over 300 million people, so we will be told TripAdvisor doesn’t matter) and it will hit the headlines in our three vital markets.

    If the so-called PM had even one testicle, he would dump the self-satisfied, useless Lowe and bring in someone who has actually the faintest idea how to solve the problems and lead his Ministry.

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  18. LongShanks November 11, 2016 at 2:47 PM #

    Been asking for this question for years; why Government doesn’t ban all the disposable plastic material from the island, a la Antigua or Guyana, or tax it to kingdom come/impose a fee of 25¢ per plastic bag?; plastic bags, plastic straws, plastic cups, plastic cup covers, plastic forks, styrofoam boxes, etc. etc. If the businesses of Barbados were all to revert to paper, card, or the numerous other biodegradable materials, then even if these items did end up on a roadside, on the beach, or in the sea, then they would over time breakdown into vegetable matter – rather than remain as unsightly litter EVERYWHERE.

    I was amazed that when Gov employees (no idea what department they’d be attached to) spent days “de-bushing” a short stretch of road near the highway by the entrance to our gap, back when it was dry and the vegetation couldn’t hide what was beneath, that they left all the litter that was exposed by their “de-bushing” for all to see – guess picking up litter wasn’t in the their job description! There’s also an informal bus-stop at the end of same gap, which is constantly littered with empty bottles and Chefette paraphernalia (we’re walking distance from a Chefette) – is there such a thing as a public litter bin on this island, that would be emptied by the Gov on a regular basis? And we wonder why there is a proliferation of vector borne diseases on island, can’t think where those pesky aedes aegypti be breeding?

    Every time my wife takes our kids to the beach, she will take a refuse sack or re-use a carrier bag, and spend the first 10 -20 mins walking the beach and picking up all the litter that she finds – plastic straws, cigarette buts, plastic cups, etc. etc.. Quite often she will get encouraging comments from other users of the Beach, to which she will respond “why aren’t you doing the same?”. She cannot understand the attitude of beach users who will quite happily spend the day lying on a beach, next to litter, or littering themselves, without ever thinking to pick up the plastic rubbish that is covering our beaches. Its really no excuse, but there is hardly anywhere to place litter in public places like beaches or parks, so often people feel they have no choice but to litter, rather than take their crap home with them, My family aren’t from Barbados, but we seem to have more pride and concern about the immediate environment that we live in than the average Barbadian, or tourist.

    @chad99999 you demonstrate an incredible level of ignorance; http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2010/06/25/128105740/plastics-industry-funded-study-finds-bacteria-in-reusable-grocery-bags

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  19. David November 11, 2016 at 2:51 PM #

    Suspect a big reason there is a reluctance to ban plastic in Barbados has to do with the few companies in Barbados who sell plastics. What other reason can there be?

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  20. Well Well & Consequences November 11, 2016 at 3:09 PM #

    “@chad99999 you demonstrate an incredible level of ignorance;”

    Lol….exactly what one would expect from a Trump supporter…lol

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  21. Colonel Buggy November 11, 2016 at 3:22 PM #

    @ David. True, one of the major plastic bag manufacturers in Barbados, is a politician,who has served in Parliament.

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  22. Colonel Buggy November 11, 2016 at 3:52 PM #

    Another 50th Anniversary of Independence Monument. Dennis Lowe’s $50/60/70/80/90 /100 Million Castle under construction at Mangrove

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  23. Well Well & Consequences November 11, 2016 at 3:53 PM #

    So the slaves in parliament would much prefer to choke the sea, drains and garbage dumps with plastics that takes decades to degrade…… rather than let this used to be politician find another source of income..

    …….generations of people affected, the reputation of the island destroyed because it’s becoming a huge plastic choked dump…… just so one has been politician can make money off plastics.

    Incredible…the lack of core commonsense.

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  24. Colonel Buggy November 11, 2016 at 4:10 PM #

    UWI in the lead in Greening Barbados,…… now being debated in Parliament

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  25. millertheanunnaki November 11, 2016 at 4:52 PM #

    @ LongShanks November 11, 2016 at 2:47 PM
    “Every time my wife takes our kids to the beach, she will take a refuse sack or re-use a carrier bag, and spend the first 10 -20 mins walking the beach and picking up all the litter that she finds – plastic straws, cigarette buts, plastic cups, etc. etc.. Quite often she will get encouraging comments from other users of the Beach, to which she will respond “why aren’t you doing the same?”. She cannot understand the attitude of beach users who will quite happily spend the day lying on a beach, next to litter, or littering themselves, without ever thinking to pick up the plastic rubbish that is covering our beaches. Its really no excuse, but there is hardly anywhere to place litter in public places like beaches or parks, so often people feel they have no choice but to litter, rather than take their crap home with them, My family aren’t from Barbados, but we seem to have more pride and concern about the immediate environment that we live in than the average Barbadian, or tourist.”

    Your wife’s efforts to clean up after the natives must be highly commended. But I can assure you she is merely spinning top in mud.

    You and your wife are most likely shock with disbelief in trying to figure out how the natives of a country which has invested billions of tax dollars into its human capital can be so darn disrespectful, dirty and filthy in their public hygiene habits. When you see the big cars the locals drive and the palatial wall structures they call ‘homes’ and ‘offices’ you are probably left to ponder on this paradox of pride and industry.

    But I can assure you, my ‘patriotic’ friend, the love for the country Barbados that you and your family continue to show will soon be put to the test.

    Although the authorities have been warned over and over (again) about the state of public sanitation nothing will be done in any meaningful way by this lot of classless clueless morons who smugly believe they will be insulated and inured from the pending outbreak of some epidemic caused by poor waste management, a compromised supply of potable water and a river of human body waste floating on the streets like a ruptured water distribution main.

    Will you risk the lives of your family and visit Barbados should there be such a major breakdown in public sanitation? The British visitors who make up the major slice of tourism arrivals will certainly treat Barbados as a ‘no-go’ destination.

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  26. Sunshine Sunny Shine November 11, 2016 at 5:36 PM #

    Colonel Buggy November 11, 2016 at 3:52 PM

    Is that belongs to the Lowe Low?

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  27. ac November 13, 2016 at 8:16 AM #

    Agree than the banning of plastic overall is of necessary importance to protect our eco system.
    However for small nation economies with households struggling to make ends living on minimal budgets the cost affect to convert converts from plastic to paper would be high
    What govt needs to do is continue its educational programs through news outlet sources and be strict with imposing heavy fines on habitual offenders whether it be business or idividiuals who are persistent in violating laws that are damaging the eco system

    below are facts indicating cost to produce plastic bags and cost to produce paper bags

    The average consumer uses 500 bags a year, about 80 percent plastic and 20 percent paper. Plastic bags cost retailers like grocery stores 2 cents to 5 cents each, and paper ones cost 5 cents to 23 cents.Jul 28, 2013

    this data goes as far back as 2013 given the rise annually in cost it is most likely that the cost to produce both items are even higher

    California initiatives are good but it took years for the majority of the populace to understand the overall benefits to themselves and the eco system for life sustainability . these measures which have now taken place in California is in part due to govt intervention which included a greater use of educational programs in school, a commitment to actively taking advantage of various news outlets for further educating the populace and allocating millions of dollars in taxpayers money towards advertising campaigns with placement of highway bill boards to promote extensive public awareness all of which set a stage of understanding and a change of attitude
    All of these measures combined along with people social activism help to power the California proposition with a winning result at the pools
    Our Govt limited in budget would have to take baby steps through basic education but also would need the help of social activist knowledgeable in environmental issues having voices that are apolitical and absent of political rhetoric which retards and threatens , This is not a one man fight but a fight that should encourage and relate sending a message that peoples responsibility to the environment should be encouraged and not discouraged

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  28. David November 13, 2016 at 8:40 AM #

    With your muddy logic how will we push start fundamental change? How about taking your green friendly bags to the store, it is what the BU household does.

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  29. ac November 13, 2016 at 9:17 AM #

    Bu household i bet it does not cost you a dime to purchase green friendly bags or does it ?

    My above comment is to lay out a comprehensive plan of action through education which converts society mind from an old way of thinking to a new way of acceptance and all you can offer is taking a green friendly bag to a store steupsee
    Btw and may i ask how does taking a green bag to the store helps to encourage businesses to act accordingly or appropriately in society fight for saving the eco system as you should be aware that in prop 67 business did not sit idly without giving a fight

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  30. Bush Tea November 13, 2016 at 9:47 AM #

    @ Miller
    Your response to LongShanks is pathetic….
    This business of your bashing government for the nastiness of the place is so short sighted that it does you a disservice to keep on pushing it…

    The problem with our ‘nastiness’ is the damn people. LongShanks is 100% right.
    He did not have to say that his wife is not from Barbados – it was obvious.

    It is not a solution to nastiness to have a government department picking up behind pigs… People must have an innate desire to be clean, tidy and to take pride in their surroundings.

    Brass bowls are incapable of such pride.

    On the other hand, bowls of precious metals keep their surroundings clean. They clean up around them – even if other brass bowls dirty it… In fact, one way to identify the metal of a bowl is in its cleanliness.
    Cleanliness IS next to, (and is an attribute of,) Godliness.

    On the other hand, – for LongShanks’ benefit, Bajans are nasty as shiite because they continue to have NO SELF-ESTEEM….. after 50 years of ‘independence’, 5% of the population own 80% of everything, and foreigners own 15% of the rest….. with these percentages growing every day based on the ‘privatisation’ thrust of people like Miller….

    Parro-style, we are selling our family heirlooms in order to buy bling and drugs.
    Have you EVER seen a parro that was neat and clean?
    Or that picked up garbage from his surroundings?

    Bajans are brass bowl parros….
    Our main business is national prostitution – in the form of ‘tourism’.
    A few pimps make fortunes off our whoredom…. while we degrade ourselves more and more for less and less.
    …look at our coastlines – among the most beautiful treasures anywhere – now all clogged with pimp houses, hotels and skeletons of derelict buildings.
    …look how we have sold off all the assets accumulated by our parents… to the descendants of those who enslaved and tormented our grandparents….
    …and now we are running around like female rabbits talking shiite about celebrating 50 years of independence….

    Perhaps the reason that we are so ‘proud’…. is that not many parros actually manage to actually SURVIVE for 50 years?
    On the other hand, REALLY proud people – at 50, are just about to break new developmental ground …as their proud, enfranchised children REALLY throw off the shackles of slavery and begin the REAL journey to be the ‘royalty’ whose lineage they really carry in their DNA….

    …and such people CAN be identified by the cleanliness of their surroundings.

    .

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  31. ac November 13, 2016 at 10:21 AM #

    However govt can continue its effective leadership in to the greener of an eco friendly environment while devising plan for a cleaner and sustainable environment having a keen eye with a an activated approach on how larger counties that are more financially equipped have dealt with environmental issues form the bottom up making them more forceful and rigorous
    .Bottom line govts need to look listen and learn taking away messages which would be the ground work for laying out a table of optimism
    In the meanwhile one can be optimistic within a belief that props like 67 is a huge benefit and energizing engine giving a voice to small nations having a positive advocacy direction to attract appeal to both govt and populace with a guidance for serving to reinforce positive attitudes for the environment so that when small nations take bold step forward for their voices to be heard all would agree and accept readily

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  32. ac November 13, 2016 at 10:34 AM #

    bush shit good mawning see you here on BU as usual spouting and spewing the same ole sh..t
    So people are nasty does that include You.. have you never placed a toffee wrapper out side a garbage can or spill a beverage on the ground or drove a car that emits carbon dioxide
    So people are nasty so of course none of the above includes you
    However what are you going to do with nasty people maybe you can question BBE for his plans for nasty people and their elimination from of the face of the earth

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  33. Vincent Haynes November 13, 2016 at 12:11 PM #

    What is so difficult about govt partnering with the private sector in order to get the show of sorting garbage into respective receptacles on the road to be picked up and carried to designated sites…….why oh why cant government do simple things.

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  34. David November 13, 2016 at 12:16 PM #

    @Vincent

    It is not difficult, however, like any activity it has to be managed and there must be leadership.

    It is being done elsewhere.

    >

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  35. Vincent Haynes November 13, 2016 at 12:24 PM #

    David

    The betting presently is that the drafters of the routes of the dignatories and int’l press corps for the 50th,have a difficult task ahead making sure no garbage is around during that hour of travel.

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  36. David November 13, 2016 at 12:26 PM #

    After Independence celebration we have to highlight the roads, many are terrible!

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  37. Vincent Haynes November 13, 2016 at 12:39 PM #

    David November 13, 2016 at 12:26 PM #

    Pot holes,impassable,overgrown verges are the order of the day for our roads……a point highlighted on Brasstacks just now was that one of the benefits of joining an IMF programme are loans to fix your infrastructure.

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  38. David November 13, 2016 at 12:41 PM #

    @Vincent

    Yes, a rotting infrastructure tells a story.

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  39. millertheanunnaki November 13, 2016 at 2:34 PM #

    @ Bush Tea November 13, 2016 at 9:47 AM
    “Your response to LongShanks is pathetic….
    This business of your bashing government for the nastiness of the place is so short sighted that it does you a disservice to keep on pushing it…
    The problem with our ‘nastiness’ is the damn people. LongShanks is 100% right.
    He did not have to say that his wife is not from Barbados – it was obvious.”

    Bushie you are losing it. You need to take your whacker to the repair shop for a much overdue servicing. This is what was said to LongShanks:

    “Your wife’s efforts to clean up after the natives must be highly commended. But I can assure you she is merely spinning top in mud.
    You and your wife are most likely shock with disbelief in trying to figure out how the natives of a country which has invested billions of tax dollars into its human capital can be so darn disrespectful, dirty and filthy in their public hygiene habits. When you see the big cars the locals drive and the palatial wall structures they call ‘homes’ and ‘offices’ you are probably left to ponder on this paradox of pride and industry.”

    You call them Bajan brass-bowls. I refer to them as ‘mis-educated natives? What is the difference between 6 and half-dozen?

    Since you are on the brass-bowls backside, why not blame them for shitting too much and causing the sewage lines to back up and spillover?
    In that case the miller will have no reason to blame your rather competent government well versed in the technique of preventative maintenance.

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  40. millertheanunnaki November 13, 2016 at 3:17 PM #

    @ Vincent Haynes November 13, 2016 at 12:39 PM
    “Pot holes,impassable,overgrown verges are the order of the day for our roads……a point highlighted on Brasstacks just now was that one of the benefits of joining an IMF programme are loans to fix your infrastructure.”

    So where has the money borrowed over the last 8 years disappeared to? The longer Barbados evades the IMF “coolie man” the harder would be the repayment terms.

    One outstanding advantage Barbados has always had was an extensive and intricate network of roads serving all parts of the island. This has been a boon to its economic performance in the past.

    Why allow such a vital part of the country’s infrastructure deteriorate to such an extent? With over 120,000 vehicles (allegedly) on the roads this is certainly a disaster in the making and clearly a serious drain on the country’s dwindling forex to pay for avoidable replacement parts.

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  41. ac November 13, 2016 at 3:28 PM #

    How about the issue of banning plastic bags does any one have an answer for small nation economies with limited resources to fight manufacturing and production of plastic bags a industry that is also tied to job security which is necessary to households

    David Bu solution was for people to use green shopping bags when shopping , Are they any more solutions other than silly ones

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  42. millertheanunnaki November 13, 2016 at 3:43 PM #

    @ ac November 13, 2016 at 3:28 PM
    “Are they any more solutions other than silly ones”

    Yes, ac the dc! Why not treat each plastic bag like a ‘sweet drink’ plastic bottle?

    For every plastic bag produced a tax of 20 cents is imposed at the point of manufacture.

    For every plastic bag returned to specified recycling outfits the person will get 10 cents with the other 10 cents going to the recycling business.

    That should turn a few parros into millionaires in a rather short space of time.

    What’s wrong with carrying your own ‘plastic’ reusable bags to the shop or supermarket?

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  43. ac November 13, 2016 at 4:41 PM #

    miller

    For every plastic bag produced a tax of 20 cents is imposed at the point of manufacture

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    and would that twenty cents not be passed on to the consumer ? who would blamed govt as a cause for rising prices
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    What’s wrong with carrying your own ‘plastic’ reusable bags to the shop or supermarket?

    nothing wrong with your ideas but the proposition calls for total banning which is problematic to small nation economies with limited resources dependable on job security for its populace

    Btw i highlited in an earlier comment a way forward through education relieving govt of hardened control which gives a perception of govt attacking business in the plastic industry which in turn places blame for job losses at govt feet
    A sustainable program requires a commonsense approach by means where society is systematically weaned through a learning programs relinquishing them from relying on plastic as the only alternative while giving them choices

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  44. Well Well & Consequences November 13, 2016 at 4:57 PM #

    Miller…ya have a cabinet filled with backward government ministers and here you are trying to instill commonsense in their yardfowls ACs……….you must really be bored today..lol

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  45. millertheanunnaki November 13, 2016 at 5:22 PM #

    @ ac November 13, 2016 at 4:41 PM

    Why do you see my proposal as a glass that is half-empty instead of half-full? Why not see it as a real Social Responsibility levy imposed to kill with one stone the litter bug and to promote the protection of the environment bird.

    If only that black-mouth bald head called Lowedown should think with his brains instead of his wallet he would be able to conceive policies and programmes just like the miller without too much sweat.

    Then he can shout from the mountain top of electoral success: ‘I was reelected on a promise to deliver, I achieved and I am proud’.

    “Why environmentally sound? We all have to live, move and have our being in the protection of the environment. Daily, as we interact with one another we also interact with nature. The contest with nature which characterized man’s relationship in earlier times, has now become a contract with nature in our times. A degraded and unhealthy environment is a threat to man’s very existence on this planet; and this Manifesto recognizes that important fact.”

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  46. ac November 13, 2016 at 5:58 PM #

    miller
    Why do you see my proposal as a glass that is half-empty instead of half-full? Why not see it as a real Social Responsibility levy imposed to kill with one stone the litter bug and to promote the protection of the environment bird.

    Because it does not solve the underlying hazards by which plastic can harm the environment , do you belive that if your idea (which has been tried elsewhere ) was a long term solution against the harm plastic does to the environment California would be in favour of a ban?
    Are you aware that plastic dumped and buried underground in land fills can leaked harmful chemicals and pollute the water system
    A total ban is the correct method however small island nations have to count the cost in their decision making which are society health due to hazards contributed by plastic since it might involve govt spending and job losses
    very hard questions with no easy answers for small nations given the choices

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  47. Bush Tea November 13, 2016 at 6:57 PM #

    @ Miller (2:34 PM) … yuh trickster… !!!
    …and how do you explain this….
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Although the authorities have been warned over and over (again) about the state of public sanitation nothing will be done in any meaningful way by this lot of classless clueless morons…
    ++++++++++++

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  48. Simple Simon November 13, 2016 at 10:50 PM #

    Why is the airport so clean and the bus stands, especially the Fairchild Street bus stand so dirty?

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  49. Simple Simon November 13, 2016 at 10:56 PM #

    The drainage is the Fairchild Street bus stand is very poor. Hire some good engineers do and get the drainage right.

    The number of toilets are inadequate. And they are not cleaned and restocked with paper and soap regularly enough. Ask the cleaners to clean and restock with toilet paper and soap every half and hour.

    The lighting is inadequate. Install more and better lights

    The dustbins are too few, and they are not emptied regularly enough.

    The vendors booths are ad hoc. Why not nice, nice booths like at the airport?

    Install some shelters and seats for the people waiting for public transportation.

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  50. David November 16, 2016 at 6:36 PM #

    @Kammie

    Tell us about this plastic bag initiative and what does Minister Innis have to do with it.

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  51. David November 17, 2016 at 3:32 AM #

    @Kammie

    This initiative will success to put more money in the pockets of the plastic retailers.

    https://barbadosunderground.files.wordpress.com/2016/11/plastic-bag-charge-pr-11-08-update-3.pdf

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