Member of Parliament for St James South Donville Inniss has called for a change of mindset as it relates to the generation of waste.
Inniss said today that Barbadians needed to generate less garbage and to take the issue of waste management more seriously.
He complained that too much of the packaging material being used ended up in the dump.
“Some people may think that it is not a big issue, but in the grand scheme of things it is significant when you reflect upon the amount of those items that end up in the garbage or the dumps in Barbados.
“We need to ask ourselves, ‘what can we do at the individual level to generate less garbage?’ We would not have a problem of this magnitude if Barbadians were generating less garbage,” Inniss argued during debate in Parliament this afternoon on the Sanitation Service Authority Bill.
“So at the individual level, ask yourself every day, ‘what is it that I don’t need to throw in the garbage? What is it that I perhaps need to pay a little bit more attention to my purchasing disciplines, in terms of the quantity I buy?’”
He accused some Barbadians of buying much more than they needed, resulting in the generation of more garbage.
Inniss said persons could consider freezing some of their garbage, or cutting them up into small pieces for easier disposal.
The Minister of Industry, International Business, Commerce and Small Business Development also called for more attention to be paid to recycling.
“We need to take recycling in Barbados a lot more seriously than we are taking it. Every now and then I hear the comments and I follow the work of the Future Centre Trust and I want to give kudos to them for the excellent work they are doing in Barbados, to educate Barbados on matters such as recycling and all of the environmental issues, and to go a step further in terms of practical, sustainable solutions that would allow us to have a better physical environment to pass on to the next generation.” (RB)