Sustainable Barbados Recycling Centre Inc (SBRC) is a “creature” which predated the present administration.
Minister of the Environment Denis Lowe issued this clarification today in the House of Assembly while leading off debate on the Sanitation Service Authority (Amendment) Bill 2016.
Saying he had heard about “the deal the present administration made with SBRC” and that “the Government is doing this and the Government is doing that”, Lowe produced files from the Ministry of the Environment which showed that in 2007 the then BLP regime had constructed a transfer station and a waste station in the Solid Waste Management Complex at Vaucluse, St Thomas.
The Christ Church East MP went on to explain that the complex was taking all elements of waste and finding a treatment modality to ensure that all waste was treated at the same location.
Lowe also stressed that the privately owned SBRC entered into a contract with the then Government to handle the solid waste management functions of the operation and maintenance of the weigh and transfer stations.
He acknowledged that the contractor was C O Williams Construction Ltd, but noted that phase 1 of the project, which included the side works, construction and drainage was paid for directly by Government under a private/public partnership agreement.
Lauding the work being done by SBRC, Lowe said: “I have nothing negative to say about SBRC. They do a fantastic job in diverting waste from the landfill. Had they not been functioning, this new landfill would have been full already. SBRC is a modern component of progressive waste management and if you believe you have limited land space and cannot continue to build out landfills you need an intermediary system. You will extract from the waste those commodities that can be recycled or in most cases in Barbados shipped out and only what goes into the landfill would be municipal solid waste.”
Lowe said SBRC was not up for any scrutiny and stressed that it was a credible institution that provided an “on the job” service for Government that now diverts 60 per cent of the waste from the landfill.
And looking to the future, he said waste to energy will reduce the amount of garbage going into any landfill. (NC)