The Sanitation Service Authority got a passing grade today for its collection of garbage on the routes identified by Minister of the Environment Dr Denis Lowe in an interview with Barbados TODAY.
Thursday, a Barbados TODAY team took up Lowe’s challenge to journalists to move around the country to see the waste had been removed from such districts as Pie Corner and Moon Town in St Lucy, Highway 5 which stretches from the Prime Minister’s official residence in Two Mile Hill to as far east as the parish of St Philip, and the stretch of road from Bridgetown to Speightstown in St Peter.
Barbados TODAY’S team not only visited the districts identified by Lowe, but visited such districts as Sealy Hall and Sargeant Street in St John where all of the residents interviewed gave the SSA a thumbs up.
Holder’s Hill in St James was the only district visited by the Barbados TODAY where unsightly piles of garbage could be seen all along that stretch of road.
In praising the work being done by SSA workers in Sargeant Street, Gloria Wiltshire said: “I have no problem with garbage collection in my district. If they do not come in the mornings, they return in the night. If there is any unsightly piles of garbage along the road it is because some people bring out their garbage immediately after the garbage truck passes.”
Also showering praise on SSA workers was Brian Newton of Sealy Hall, St John, who said: “I have no problem with the work being done by SSA workers in Sealy Hall. They come out regularly to collect the garbage.”
Over at Salters in St George, Laurine Hoyte had high praise for SSA workers saying: “I have no problems with the work being done by SSA workers. At present, there is a small pile of garbage on the opposite side of the road, but this has arisen because residents of Lower Estate dump their garbage there.”
A worker of Jac’s Pizza in Checker Hall, St Lucy, also gave a thumbs up to the quality of work being done by SSA workers pointing out that garbage trucks passed every Tuesday and Thursday to collect garbage.
Over at Babbs in St Lucy, where a small pile of garbage had accumulated at the entrance to the road on which she lives, Jan Jarvis stressed there were regular pickups by SSA workers, and the pile-up was garbage from about five or six households on the road.”
During a drive from Six Roads to the Prime Minister’s official residence, the accuracy of Lowe’s statement yesterday with the absence of any piles of garbage on the stretch of road was borne out.
Lowe told Barbados TODAY that significant progress had been made in garbage collection in such areas as Pie Corner, Moon Town, the stretch of road from Bridgetown to Speightstown, and along Highway 5 –– from Two Mile Hill to St Philip.
Yesterday, in defence of SSA workers, Lowe contended he was still of the view Barbados was cleaner on any given day than most of the other Caribbean islands.
The Christ Church East MP said he was convinced Barbados was cleaner on any given day than New York City, adding he had pictures to show the accuracy of his statement.
Arguing that the Freundel Stuart administration should be commended for its garbage collection when compared with that of New York City, Lowe said : “Some may say I am comparing apples with oranges, but if New York City is a developed and financially fluid city and has access to more resources, it should collect its garbage.”