Anderson Cherry, the man behind the new multi-million dollar recycling project at Lears Quarry, Lower Estate, St Michael has accused the Town and Country Planning Department of unfairly targeting him for reprisal.
Cherry, the managing director of Jose Y Jose Liquid and Solid Waste Management Inc opened the recycling project only earlier this month. He said then it would turn green waste into compost and soil mix and he would export all other recyclables.
But just days after opening, Chief Town Planner Mark Cummins told Barbados TODAY no authorization had been given for any such development in the area.
“I can confirm that no planning permission has been given for that operation at Lower Estate. It [the project]was also drawn to the attention of my officers and we are working on it [the report],” Cummins said then.
And last week he warned that Government would move swiftly against the recycling project because it was established in a restricted area and posed a threat to the island’s drinking water supply.
However, in a letter sent today to Barbados TODAY Cherry questioned why the Town and Country Planning Department was looking to put a stop notice on his operations, while similar businesses were left untouched.
He insisted that his project posed no threat.
“I said separating my waste and shipping it off island poses no threat to the water supply. All the waste will be separated
. . . green waste will be turned to compost and soil mix and all recyclables collected will be balled and shipped off island. There will be no threat to the water supply,” he reiterated.
“Why is my initiative so different from any other persons operating a quarry? Is it simply a case because I am separating the waste? There are so many other quarries such as C.O. Williams and Armag who are dumping.”
Cherry also queried why Cummins would move to shut down his business before looking at the Environmental Impact Study which had been done.
He said prior to the start of his project, people were paying to send their recyclables to the Sustainable Barbados Recycling Centre (SBRC), while he was now accepting those same recyclables for free.
In the face of seeing his newly established business closed down, Cherry proposed an alternative solution.
He said he was prepared to relocate the project to either Vaucluse, St Thomas or Greenland, St Andrew, if he received favourable conditions from Government.
Vaucluse, St Thomas has been identified as the location for the controversial Cahill Energy waste-to-energy project, while the landfill is located at Greenland, St Andrew.
“If this quarry is such a problem, and it poses such a threat, would the Government of Barbados be willing to give me a 99-year lease on some of the land at Vaucluse like they have done for SBRC until I am in a position to purchase some of it?” Cherry questioned.
“Or give me Greenland which we believe could save the Government thousands of dollars in maintenance fees instead of having it there idle. Greenland has cost the Government millions and still is an expense to them. We will not use Greenland as a landfill. We will only use it as a separation facility. No waste will remain at Greenland just as no waste will remain at this quarry,” he insisted.
Efforts to reach Cummins for comment proved unsuccessful up to press time.