The entrance to one Government-run primary school has become a major dumping ground.
Vendor Imerda Lyder, who has been operating outside of the Bay Primary School in St Michael for the past 15 years, said she was fed up with the unsanitary conditions and having to pay to get it cleaned.
Lyder told Barbados TODAY that she had been cleaning the area over the years with the help of a “paro man”. She explained that someone from the Sanitation Service Authority (SSA) “used to come and clean the surroundings, but [it’s] like he retire now”.
“They need somebody to come and get here clean, cause this is a school. They need something to be done,” she said, while expressing concern that three garbage bins that were placed outside the school had been removed.
“They need to do something about that because it’s real, real bad. I had to pay $25 to get here clean and I will not keep paying money to clean by a school. I pay to get there clean and that is not nice. I come here this morning and bare cane. That should not be so. It is a school. They should not got it so. It’s bad,” stressed Lyder, who is worried that the garbage will eventually find its way to her stall.
Also commenting on the situation, one male resident said he was tired telling people not to dump in the area as it could pose a threat to the students.
A team from Barbados TODAY visited the area and saw two parked trucks, pieces of galvanize, a discarded television and other pieces of debris near the school’s entrance.
When contacted Principal Marilyn Gamble acknowledged that the entrance to the school was affected by dumping, warning that it poses a danger to students.
“Persons do put garbage there from time to time and we would make calls and then it would be removed and persons would come again [and do the same thing],” she said.
“We do see things that shouldn’t be there and we on our end call and make arrangements,” Gamble stressed, adding that the Ministry of Health had been apprised of the situation.