A senior Government minister has joined in the complaints of Opposition politicians and other Barbadians about the garbage pile-ups across the country that have resulted from irregular trash collection.
However, Member of Parliament for St James South Donville Inniss, who is Minister of Industry, International Business, Commerce and Small Business Development, has also defended his Cabinet colleague Dr Denis Lowe who is responsible for garbage collection, saying that he has not been sitting on his hands.
“I am deeply concerned about the state of garbage collection in Barbados, and the residents of St James South are not immune to that,” he said to a small gathering at the St James South Constituency Council’s annual meeting at Queen’s College on Wednesday night.
“I am very mindful of the challenges to the Sanitation Service Authority, and their minister [Minister of the Environment] obviously has been trying to do the best under these circumstances.”
Inniss said even though fixing the problem went beyond the constituency councils, there were ways in which they could help. He therefore called on them to step up to the plate.
“I would certainly like the council here, as other councils in the island ought to do, to help us get engaged in a recycling programme. Get involved in education of the public and constituents in terms of the need to pay more attention to the packaging material you purchase, separation of garbage, recycling wherever possible,” he said.
“Because at the end of the day, if we are to have a healthier and clean environment, we need to have a lot more of this done at the community level, and I believe that the constituency council is well poised to do that.”
Cleanliness and beautification of the environment emerged as one of the major issues of bother to the St. James South Constituency Council over the past year, according to the annual report delivered by its president Tyrone Lowe.
He spoke about some of the work the council had done, but said communities such as Husbands, Crystal Heights, Oxnards, and Paradise Heights “require repeat maintenance”.
Inniss commended the constituents for seeking to perform in areas where government had been lacking.
“The Constituency Council in St James South is fulfilling its mandate by filling that void where the state could not obviously do everything in a timely fashion,” the MP said.
“For me it is a difficult position to be in at this point in time, when you recognize that there is work to be done in your constituency but you are also very mindful of the challenged fiscal position of the state.”