SSA: Waste haulers’ of­fer a complex is­sue

Daily Nation (Barbados) - - News - Car­los Atwell

by car­losatwell @na­tion­news.com

While two Gov­ern­ment min­istries are ac­cept­ing the help of a pri­vate waste hauler with open arms, an­other Gov­ern­ment en­tity is be­ing more cau­tious.

Jose Y Jose Liq­uid & Solid Waste Man­age­ment Inc., run by chair­man of the Waste Haulers As­so­ci­a­tion An­der­son Cherry, is work­ing with the Min­istry of Trans­port, Works and Main­te­nance and the Min­istry of En­vi­ron­ment on two projects – drain clean­ing in The City and bulk waste re­moval in Bon­nett’s, Brit­tons Hill, St Michael.

How­ever, the San­i­ta­tion Ser­vice Author­ity (SSA) has not re­sponded to cor­re­spon­dence for as­sis­tance and it does not ap­pear this will hap­pen any time soon.

“The Waste Haulers As­so­ci­a­tion has ex­tended an of­fer to the SSA to give them col­lec­tion trucks to use free of charge. A com­bined ef­fort by five waste haulers – Jose Y Jose, Pro­ject Re­cy­cle, Wil­liams Tools, Garbage Mas­ter and Forde Truck­ing and Rental Ser­vices – can see a sweep­ing of garbage from the streets this week­end but they have not ac­cepted the of­fer up to now,” Cherry said on Tues­day.

‘Still wait­ing’

The waste hauler said they first made their of­fer for last week­end but con­tin­ued to hold it open for this week­end.

“We’re still await­ing word from the SSA. We haven’t heard any­thing about our sug­ges­tion yet but are still humbly will­ing to work if the need ne­ces­si­tates as we know a storm is com­ing in. It’s not a case where we are jump­ing up to work for free; we just want to as­sist and our equip­ment is avail­able to the SSA.

“We as waste haulers came to­gether in a meet­ing and de­cided to give back as we un­der­stand the coun­try is cash-strapped and with a hur­ri­cane in the vicin­ity we wanted to help,” he said.

Cherry said the five haulers were mak­ing 15 waste col­lec­tion trucks avail­able, in­clu­sive of com­pactor trucks and skips, while re­quest­ing the diesel and routes be han­dled by the SSA.

“We are aware that Gov­ern­ment is try­ing its best to get the is­sue ad­dressed . . . . We be­lieve this will be to the ben­e­fit of all Bar­ba­di­ans – a clean en­vi­ron­ment, one that is free from all pests and ro­dents,” Cherry said.

SSA gen­eral man­ager Ros­alind Knight con­firmed she had re­ceived the cor­re­spon­dence but said the mat­ter was not a sim­ple one.

“While it is wel­come, it is also com­pli­cated. That would have to be dis­cussed at the board level and the union level. There are a lot of things that would have to be ironed out first,” she said.

On the other hand, Cherry has been in town us­ing what he said was the is­land’s first hy­dro ex­ca­va­tor, the Vac­tor 2100 Plus Hy­dro Jet­ter, to clear drains on the be­hest of the drainage unit. He was also part of the walkthrough on Wed­nes­day in Bon­nett’s, a bulk waste re­moval ini­tia­tive by con­stituency rep­re­sen­ta­tive Dr Wil­liam Duguid, the Min­is­ter of Trans­port, Works and Main­te­nance, who has part­nered with the Min­istry of En­vi­ron­ment, un­der which the SSA falls.

Cherry said he would be there on Satur­day as­sist­ing in the re­moval of derelict ve­hi­cles and bulk waste such as large ap­pli­ances.

(Pic­ture by Nigel Browne.)

Owner of Jose Y Jose, An­der­son Cherry (sec­ond left), watch­ing as his team clears a drain along Chapel Street, The City, us­ing the Vac­tor 2100 Plus.

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