Government Senator Dr Esther Byer-Suckoo today said that garbage could be a valuable thing but the populace had failed to take advantage of the benefits of their rubbish.
In tabling the Sanitation Service Authority (Amendment) Bill 2016 in the Senate this morning Byer-Suckoo argued that the nature of waste had changed over the years but Barbadians seemed unable to appreciate its value.
“Waste is a resource . . . we cannot just talk about garbage anymore as if it is rubbish.
“The truth is that at the level of the general population, certainly to me, sometimes it seems that the only person that appreciates the value of the garbage is the man that rummages through my neighbour’s garbage in the middle of the night looking for pep bottles . . . but I think as the general public we are not really appreciating the value of garbage.”
The Minister of Labour also called on Barbadians to take seriously, the call to reduce, reuse and recycle.
She said this was one way to help Government reduce the country’s mounting garbage disposal bill.
“We are not seeing efforts on to reduce the garbage. I think the volume of garbage is now . . . I am not even sure where it is at but the volume of garbage is increasing. People are not reducing their garbage. We are not even attempting to compact your own garbage before putting them in our garbage containers and that in itself would make quite a difference to the collection efforts and how we store garbage . . .those are things that we can do.
“Reusing them – I know it is easier, it may even be cheaper to go out and buy a new thing but we do have to think about the long-term effects of our actions,” the Government legislator said.
Byer-Suckoo also said Barbadians needed to stop being dependent on Government to solve all the island’s problems, adding that with the 50th anniversary of Independence approaching, “it is a good thing for us to be looking at what we have to [do] at this time if we haven’t done it before.
“I think about as Barbadians what our role is in this society. We are always talking about what more the Government can do, what more Government needs to do . . .[but] at some point we have to realize that we are a mature nation,” she stressed.