With the state-run Sanitation Service Authority (SSA) said to be grappling with a shortage of trucks, a private waste hauler is offering to loan his vehicles to Government for the purpose of garbage collection.
Managing Director of Jose y Jose Anderson Cherry has written to the Minister of Environment Dr Denis Lowe, who has responsibility for the SSA, offering his five trucks to the Government agency for rental.
The move comes against the backdrop of recent unsightly pile-ups and bitter complaints from residents about delays in collecting their refuse, which Cherry suggests could be solved “if everyone works together.
“I have five compactor garbage trucks and am offering them to the Government for rent to help them with this collection problem. Too many people are complaining of delayed pick-ups, too much garbage is left strewn outside homes, I want to help and I have offered this through letters,” he said in a press release issued today.
Cherry said he had also written to the state-run National Conservation Commission (NCC) indicating that his recently launched recycling company, Project Recycle, which was ordered shut by the Town Planning Department last year in the absence of planning permission, would soon be rolling out a 50th independence anniversary initiative that will see the placement of painted bins in communities and along beaches.
“I think we need to look at what we are offering to those visiting but also what we are doing right here at home,” said Cherry, who has offered the NCC first option of backing the initiative, which is targeted at areas most affected by the garbage problem.
He also wants householders to play an active role in Project Recycle by placing all recyclables in one bag and all green waste in another, for weekly pick up and processing.
Stating that a clean environment speaks to a healthier country, Cherry also announced that a Donate and Save programme is being rolled out to encourage persons to support a greener Barbados.