There is a high level of frustration and despair among some residents in Lascelles Terrace, St Michael, who say they have had enough of the indiscriminate dumping of garbage right in front of their homes.
They say not only has the unsightly collection of refuse become a stinky mess, but it also encourages rodents and flies, posing a health concern for everyone in the vicinity.
Annette Clarke, who claimed people have turned the sidewalk at the front of her house into a dump, is pointing an accusing finger at those driving by and residents of the neighbouring area.
“I think they feel it’s a dump. Everyone comes and sees two or three bags [of garbage] and then everyone does come, but this is right in front my door and it is not affecting the people who put the garbage here, it affects me and it needs to stop,” she said.
Clarke said the stench sometimes becomes unbearable, particularly if the Sanitation Service Authority (SSA) does not clear the pile-ups regularly.
“The wind blows the stench right into my house. Sometimes the garbage is thrown all in front of my gate because the rats and fowls burst it out,” she told Barbados TODAY.
“It is really bad . . . . A night I came home and as soon as I got here [gate entrance] a big rat run across my path. I thought it was a cat. The rat run all through my garden, it was looking for food,” Clarke said.
Another resident, who asked that she not be identified, told Barbados TODAY she and her family had become virtual prisoners in their own home as a result of the mountains of refuse.
“I does try to keep around the place clean, but I had to tell the children to stop going outside barefoot now, and they don’t really go outside now because of the garbage,” she said.
“The flies aren’t as bad as the rats; they got some rats out here that are huge,” she explained.
The situation is such, she said, that people feel comfortable enough to simply walk or drive to the spot and place their refuse there.
However, she said her attempts to catch the perpetrators red-handed have so far proved futile.
“Sometimes I would sit down and watch who put the garbage there but they like they does be watching me too because as soon as I turn my back you see a bag there and then it piles up,” the concerned resident said.
“People drive up there with vehicles and come from all over the place just to put garbage there and then the garbage does be all over the place.”
She said the matter had been reported to the SSA and health authorities, but the dumping had not abated.
Instead, she said, as soon as sanitation workers clear the spot, the dumpers strike again.
“As soon as the truck passes and takes up the garbage people does come and put back down garbage. The truck usually passes on Tuesdays and Fridays, but it passes anytime because of the shortage of trucks and the garbage just piles [up]. . . but when it comes by the evening the garbage is back there,” she disclosed.
“People need to put the garbage at them. I don’t know why the whole neighbourhood putting garbage there to be collected. Your garbage should be at you,” the frustrated woman said.