By Richard Goddard
December 14, 2006
Work started on Wednesday, 13th December, 2006 on the retro-fit of the government garbage dump at Greenland, St Andrew, in the Scotland District National Park. C.O. Williams equipment, including a bulldozer, crawler/dragline, 3 large yellow dump trucks were on site, with the bulldozer and dragline clearing bush. A 40′ container with C.O. Williams’ colours with a yellow chemical toilet, matching Williams’ yellow, was close by. On the east side of the north-east pond, about 100 sq.ft. of coral stone mix forms a type of ramp in the waters of the pond. All 3 ponds are filled with spring/storm water.
Secrecy Surrounds Award Of Construction Contract
To date the Solid Waste Dept. and the Ministry of Health have not announced who was awarded the contract, but C.O. Wiliams’ bid $25 million, and I suspect that we could add another 50% for over-runs, as the main engineer changes their mind during construction. I had put in a bid, but was not advised to attend the opening of the bids, which is the custom. Ricardo Marshall, I.C. Project is asked to explain this shortcoming. R.J. Burnside Engineers of Toronto, Canada carried out the evaluation of the site, designed the retrofit and is supervising the work.
Canadian Engineers Miscalculations Caused Bridge Collapse
This able team is led by Bill Yokam. Stanley Engineers of Edmonton, Canada made the original plans and supervised the construction in 1995, which cost Barbados taxpayers $20 million and another $11 million to re-build roads and the bridge damaged when 40 ton loads were driven over a bridge designed for 8 tons of cane. Luckily no busload of tourists ended up in the Greenland River at the Maynards Bridge, which was badly damaged and collapsed. The resulting Court action if decided in the U.S. Courts of Law, would have crippled Barbados financially, as millions of dollars of damage would have been awarded against the Barbados government, i.e. the Barbadian taxpayer.
Stanley Engineers of Edmonton, now operating as Stantec of Edmonton, did the original design and supervised the construction.
How Much Will The Greenland Dump Cost? … How Many Fish In The Sea?
The only guarantee is that the garbage dump at Greenland will fail, and will cost the Barbados taxpayers over $100 million. The roads leading to and from Greenland are already cracking and breaking up, and historically the landslides have closed roads in the Scotland District for weeks, months and even years. Since 1984 in a study requested by the Barbados government and paid for by CIDA (Canadian International Development Agency), recommended incineration, which is waste to energy, to generate electricity. In 1982, Barbados produced 350 tons of solid waste daily. In 2006 the solid waste has risen to 1,000 tons daily, rising by 5% annually.
Incineration & Waste-To-Energy Is The Answer, But Government Won’t Even Look At The New Technology
The Inter American Development Bank, which is funding the solid and liquid waste projects in Barbados and when they fail will be responsible or liable. They will no doubt claim diplomatic immunity. On the latter liquid waste, they have not insisted on tertiary treatment, and are only removing the solids. Graeme Hall swamp was contaminated about 2 – 3 years ago when raw sewage was pumped into the swamp and it drained into the sea at Worthing. The Barbados Sanitation Department recommended incineration in 1987, but this has never been implemented by either the BLP or DLP, and they must both take the blame.
No garbage dump at Greenland, no windfarm to generate electricity at Lamberts, St Lucy, which threatens the health and well-being of the residents at Josey Hill.
Incineration/waste to energy is the way to dispose of 1000 tons of solid waste daily in Barbados.