Amid strong complaints from residents of the surrounding communities about the smoke and foul stench emanating from his Lower Estate, St George plant, embattled waste hauler Anderson Fat Child Cherry has announced a temporary halt to his waste separation operations there.
“We are remedying the problem as we only accept the inert material . . . such as rocks and topsoil, [but] we are no longer accepting any green waste at this facility at this time,” the Managing Director of Project Recycle told Barbados TODAY this afternoon, while stressing that “we are here trying to remedy the [environmental] problem with the help of our consultants”.
Cherry, who is also the owner of Jose y Jose Sold & Liquid Waste Management Inc., also revealed that the company was looking to switch its waste collection to a new location at Vaucluse, St Thomas, pending the necessary approvals from the Town & Country Planning Department.
“When our grinders come in, all the green waste that is here will be taken out from this facility and taken to our compost facility [at Vaucluse],” he said, adding that the grinders should be in Barbados in the “next couple of months”.
Over the past few weeks, Cherry’s operations have been under intense scrutiny from the Environmental Protection Department (EPD) which has ordered him to take corrective steps to address the spontaneous combustion taking place at the Lower Estate dumpsite.
The matter has also been a source of major bother for residents in area, who openly vented their frustrations at a recent town hall meeting held at the Salter’s Church of God in St George.
While complaining that the “toxic” fumes emanating from the quarry was putting their health at serious risk, the residents also demanded its immediate closure.
During that meeting, Cherry, who was subjected to three hours of non stop bombardment by residents, later apologized and said he took full responsibility for the issues they were experiencing.
He also pledged to move immediately to contain the foul smell, as well as to address other concerns.
However, two weeks have passed since that meeting.
And Cherry said today while he wanted to make the residents happy, he had been hamstrung by recent rainy weather conditions.
“With the rain and the storm, I couldn’t do anything . . . So I was not able to honour my commitment to have [the environmental problem] rectified,” Cherry told Barbados TODAY, adding that “we have good weather now . . . so from tomorrow, we will start trucking in more inert material [to cover the affected area].