Government will start the process of making Barbados clean again this weekend when its “Many Hands Make Light Work” national clean-up campaign gets underway in Brittons Hill, St. Michael.
Minister of Public Works, Transport and Maintenance, Dr. William Duguid, MP for Christ Church West, one of three constituencies encompassing Brittons Hill (the other two are St. Michael South and St. Michael South Central), visited residents in Bonnetts this afternoon with officials from the Sanitation Service Authority, the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of the Environment and National Beautification.
They were joined Jose Y Jose, one of the private firms involved in the effort.
“We are hoping that eventually this will be a national clean up and we have selected this area to start, not just Bonnetts but the whole Brittons Hill area, so that would include Reece Road, London Road, Gunsite Road, Taitt’s Road, and Rollins Road, as it brings a whole community together,” said the transport minister.
They were especially encouraging people to get rid of their bulk waste items such as old refrigerators, stoves, computer equipment and other appliances because the Sanitation Service Authority was unable to do so for a while owing to a shortage of vehicles, he said.
“For this campaign, we are using trucks from my ministry, the Drainage Division, and the private sector, because we want to make a determined effort to get rid of the rodents, mosquitos and other vermin these items are breeding in this area and other communities around Barbados,” Dr. Duguid said.
“We are willing to put our best foot forward and do whatever we can to help in the effort to keep Barbados clean, said Project Manager with Jose Y Jose, Ryan Als, who boasted of the trucks, skidsteer loaders, skips “and other equipment that we can supply once Government lets us know what they want and when they want it”.
The campaign will on Saturday at 6 a.m., and end at 6 p.m, and the crews will be out again on Sunday to finish off any outstanding work.
When asked which area would be next in line for the clean-up, Dr. Duguid stated, “There is a committee which is overseeing this effort, so we make recommendations to that committee, which will decide where we will go next. This will be an ongoing venture, at the end of which we hope the entire island will be much cleaner than it was when we started.” (DH)