Barbados Sanitation Service Authority Teaches The Little Ones

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What A Great Job By The SSA!

I wonder who at the SSA first had the foresight to know that we need a culture change on this island when it comes to waste. This programme to start changing the attitudes and habits of children is a very worthwhile strategy and the folks who created and implemented it deserve the community’s thanks.

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The following is from the SSA Press Release…

The Sanitation Service Authority (SSA) was recently invited to the Eden Lodge Day Nursery to teach their infants how to be cleaner at all times.

Lorryloader Hyacinth Rodgers told the class you have to be very careful with broken glass and told the little ones that glass must be wrapped in newspaper before bagging it for collection.

The pupils also learned that all refuse must go in a bin and placed in that bin on the night before collection, they also discovered how containers should be rinsed before placing in a bag and any cartons should be flattened when disposed.

Driver Darnley Callender showed the children a hands-on experience of sitting at the steering wheel and letting them pull the loud air-horn.

The youngsters especially loved the chance to sit inside the vehicle in addition to actually seeing how a compactor works.

The SSA is also inviting all primary schools and nurseries to call us for similar talks each Wednesday on what is best for the environment, and the SSA will organise accordingly.

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25 responses to “Barbados Sanitation Service Authority Teaches The Little Ones

  1. Bimbro

    Clive, is dis wuh I pay my subscription fuh?!!!!

    Sorry, I’m in a mischievous mood, today!!!!

    Lorddddddddddddddddddddddddd!! 🙂

  2. Adrian Hinds

    Even if it is a “Iam Boring” idea, it is very very good idea and i too support it. 😀

  3. frankology

    This story is fantastic BFP. We as a people only associate our children with a white collar spokesperson talking to our children, but it is the actual people who do the nasty work who will be able to speak emotionally to an audience. We need to in cooperate all schools in this environmental effort. Congrats SSA, Congrats BFP.

  4. frankology

    BFP: Now I am complimenting you for an excellent story, you put it under moderation.

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    BFP says,

    frankology, you have not been put under moderation. For some reason the computer spam filter is grabbing SOME of your comments.

  5. frankology

    See what I mean. Kudos for your story.

  6. Bimbro

    Adrian Hinds
    February 5, 2008 at 6:41 pm
    Even if it is a “Iam Boring” idea, it is very very good idea and i too support it.

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    Adrian, you get my drift!! These Bajans hay in got nuh sense of humour, at all, at all, at all!!

    Laaddddddddddddddddddddd!!!! 🙂

  7. Bimbro

    I think I see an Indian, day (there)!!!! 🙂

    On a serious, note; refuse disposal?!! This sounds like one for the new immiagrants whose name, dare I say, begins with a ‘G’!!!!

    If I’m not very, mistaken, and I seldom am, this is the kind of work which new immigrants, customarily, do!!!! 🙂

  8. frankology

    Probably it is filtering ‘racial’ words. I used ‘white collar spokesperson’ in my statement. Wow, that is technology, good one way, bad another way.

  9. frankology

    Opps, I used the same words to explain and there it goes….to the spam filter.

  10. frankology

    Bimbo: I am slow on the uptake with this one. Please explain.

  11. PiedPiper

    I think it’s a great idea. If nothing else the new generations of Bajans will learn to be more environmentally conscious. If Barbados truly wants to be a 1st world nation, they need to address the lack of environmental laws and controls on the island. This impacts directly on the tourism industry.
    On my first visit to Barbados, as a tourist, I was appalled by the belching black clouds of exhaust coming from both commercial and private vehicles and the amount of debris that is scattered on the roads. The government also needs to start looking seriously at recycling of plastic bottles, glass jars and tin cans.

  12. crossroads

    Congrats to SSA

  13. jinx

    Oh this is wonderful!

    It is a good thing to get to the young ones but i think some parents need a good talking to as well.

  14. Tony Hall

    I agree with the outreach by the SSA but cleaniness and environmental issues also have to be taught at home. At least it is a start in the right direction.

  15. PiedPiper

    I remember this fella that I spoke to about the amount of black exhaust being emitted into the air in Barbados saying to me: “It all blows away out to sea” which clearly shows that Bajans don’t have the big picture. This small island mentality has no place in the modern world and don’t read me wrong because I think it is important that small islands maintain a certain way of life and keep the ills of the modern world at bay for as long as possible. Bajans can still be responsible world citizens while preserving and in fact defending a rapidly disappearing way of life.

    Let me give you another example of “poisoning the environment”. Pest extermination is big business in Barbados as it is in most tropical countries where roaches, centipedes and mosquitoes are a fact of life. These extermination companies use chemical pesticides that are banned in most parts of the modern world and the employees of these companies seem oblivious to the dangers of the applications of these chemicals even as it pertains to their customers.

    The first time I had an exterminator come to my home in Bim I told him that my dogs and I would be leaving the property for the day in order to avoid the toxic fumes. The employee of this very well known extermination company told me that it wasn’t necessary.

    Upon further discovering what he had sprayed my home with I decided to not use this service anymore and tried to find alternate, less toxic sprays to deal with the problem to no avail.

    When you consider the amount of toxic spraying that is done on a regular basis in Barbados, people should be concerned about the long term affects it has on it’s citizens.

  16. Anonymous

    Then can someone please explain to me ,how in Gods’ name did Liz Thompson get that prestigious award recently…….with her track record?

  17. Pat

    Bimbro:

    Adrian’s “I am Boring” is a play on words, referring to his nemesis “Ian Bourne” of the Sanitation Departmant who also has a blog and refers to Adrian as “Aggraveted Hatred”. Now I hope you ARE with the program where these two gentlemen are concerned.

  18. John

    Anonymous
    February 5, 2008 at 10:41 pm
    Then can someone please explain to me ,how in Gods’ name did Liz Thompson get that prestigious award recently…….with her track record?
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    Don’t forget she rode around on the back of a SSA dumpster picking up garbage!!

  19. Bimbro

    Frankology, the ‘Gs’ are clearly, our ‘friends’ from the sub-continent, who, normally, consider they’re superior to Barbadians and all other west indians, i.e. the Guyanese!!!! In my experience, this is the kind of occupation which new immigrants, initially, follow!!

    I was hurt that the authorities thought it necessary to be encouraging worthy, young, Barbadians to be refuse-collectors, in this day and age, and thought them deserving of something more elevated, such as dentistry or accountancy!!!!

    Our, most recent, ex-Primemisister, used to be a banker!!!! 🙂

    ‘Pied Piper’, is clearly, extremely environmentally, aware!!!! 🙂

    ‘Jinx’, surely, by the time they’re parents, it’s too, late ‘to talk to them’!!!! 🙂

    ‘Pat’, I in wid nuh program!!!! Adrian’s my mate and he and I will tell each other whatever we want!!!! Thanks very, much!!!! 🙂

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    Don’t forget she rode around on the back of a SSA dumpster picking up garbage!!

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    That’s a criminal, offense, surely!!!! 🙂

  20. It was a pre-cleaned route too – ANYWAY…. BFP, there is a new location for the SSA blog and no longer using Microsoft’s “Bajan Health Protectors” it is now SSA-Barbados

  21. Peltdown Man

    I have always had the greatest respect for the sanitation workers, who do a fantastic job for Barbados.

    On the other hand, I was disturbed by a story in this morning’s Nation concerning Greenland. The SSA General Manager says that the first cell will be ready to accept garbage by Friday of this week. However, this landfill is not supposed to receive raw garbage. It is notable that he went on to say that it would not be used until the transfer station at Vaucluse is completed. This raises the important question of whether this project should go ahead at all. Apart from the Nation reporter totally getting the wrong end of the stick about what a leacheate pond is for, the fact is that this vital part of the landfill is not complete and reportedly has run into problems. By now, everyone knows that this is an environmental disaster waiting to happen, and it is time to let “bygones be bygones” in terms of the money spent, and move on to a proper and safe waste disposal system. All is not lost at Greenland, as it is still a beautiful valley, and the damage done can be partly undone with some imaginitive landscaping, and the setting up of an eco-tourism centre. Throwing good money after bad has caught out many governments and companies in the past, sometimes with disastrous consequences. As far as greenland is concerned, it is time to call a halt. failure to do so could see the new government languishing in a quagmire – literally.

  22. John

    Peltdown Man
    February 6, 2008 at 11:03 am
    I have always had the greatest respect for the sanitation workers, who do a fantastic job for Barbados.

    All is not lost at Greenland, as it is still a beautiful valley, and the damage done can be partly undone with some imaginitive landscaping, and the setting up of an eco-tourism centre.
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    I agree.

    There are definitely constructive things to be done with that land.

    It is also a catchment area for water of which we are in short supply.

    Instead of trying to defeat the natural operation of this land with liners that won’t work, why not go with the flow.

    All of our easily available reserves seem to have been committed since 1996 and we don’t use the Scotland District as a source except for the few springs at Codrington and Newcastle.

    Senn in 1946 was prohetic in his description of what the Scotland District would become.

    The last set of easily available reserves that was committed was located under Wastemoreland.

    The Rooney’s made a bundle of that project and moved on, pity the Government of the day was so short sighted ……. both parties!!

    … and then there is Apes Hill …. the closest thing to lunacy I can think of for a water short country.

  23. Thinking about our future years

    The SSA-Barbados now has to start to expand on its program above by starting to educate us in the art of garbage separation and recycling. We need to move to the GIS as we move the island into this century’s garbatage.

    One day we’ll be mining in the old landfills.

    Ian, can you please let us know where are we on recycling education in Barbados?

  24. Peltdown Man

    John

    and then there is Apes Hill …. the closest thing to lunacy I can think of for a water short country.
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    Thing is, John, that Westmoreland is about to expand, perhaps with another 18-27 golf holes and, of course, more real estate. Their contract with the BWA to source from wells in the area is about to expire, if it hasn’t already. The story goes that they will be expecting to draw from the new reservoir built by Apes Hill at Farmers. That should be interesting. In addition, the BWA has a massive upgrade of potable water supply to complete in the north of the island, which is to be paid for by Apes Hill, Royal Westmoreland, and Black Bess! Have you noticed how slowly the golf course is taking shape at Apes Hill? Most of the equipment is being used to carve up more and more of the land for real estate – land that was not earmarked for such in the original plan. Meanwhile, the only attention that the golf course appears to be getting is a covering of soil on those fairways where real estate for sale is nearby, with one picturesque hole being completed for promotional photographic purposes.

  25. John

    Westmoreland sits in the Porters Catchment which was slated to come into production in the early 1990’s to meet the projected demand on water.

    It was estimated at 2 million gallons per day. Some was used for Portvale during crop.

    The dam at Farmers traps water and prevents it from appearing at Trents, the pumping station to the south of the Porters Catchment. It reduces the capacity of this catchment.

    It seems kind of crazy to knock out the 2mgd supply at Portes and start whittling away at the next catchment down, Trents.

    Black Bess development has a potential negative impact on the next catchment to the north of Trents.

    One step further north is the Lakes Development at Mount Brevitor in the Heymans catchment.

    The quality of most of the water in the western catchment is under threat.

    The Molyneux catchment has Mount Stinkeroo and the Norwoods catchment … well what can I say about Norwoods!! It did win the Piggies at the Trough award for sone guy or the other in the past.

    Laying a whole set of new mains may (or may not) reduce leakage but it won’t create any new water!!

    … and yet both parties seem hell bent on more housing with the water supply under serious threat.

    … something has to give, and probably sooner rather than later!!!

    …. and then there is Warrens and the Belle ……

    Seems like a new industry for Barbados might be water treatment.

    What potential for waste!