Post Hurricane Elsa media update with Minister of Home Affairs, Information and Public Affairs, Wilfred Abrahams – July 6, 2021. (PMO)

As workmen from the Sanitation Service Authority (SSA) continue to work with other government agencies to clear the streets of debris and bulk waste following the passage of Hurricane Elsa, there is an assurance that house-to-house garbage collection will not be compromised. 

Public Relations Officer at the SSA, Carl Padmore, gave this undertaking today during a press conference to update on restoration efforts at the Department of Emergency Management’s headquarters in Warrens.

Mr. Padmore said there is an average of five compactor trucks to service the entire country.  Additionally, the 24-hour hotline numbers 262-5326 and 262-5327 had been activated to report fallen trees or debris blocking roads, sections of the highway, access to residents’ homes, or impeding the work of utility companies.

“We want you to call the hotline so that we can come, remove the debris and remove the bulky waste. It serves two purposes. One, the utility companies can carry out their work and also if we get further rainfall, the debris would not go into the drains. This project is being supported by the Ministry of Transport, Works and Water Resources, as well as our sister department, that of the National Conservation Commission.

“So, we have trucks that are working throughout Barbados to deal with that specifically, as well as to complement what we have,” he stated. 

The SSA spokesman also called on Barbadians with transportation to assist the SSA in the removal of bulk waste, such as old stoves and fridges, and taking it to the Bagatelle Metal Dump which is opened from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. 

Old Tree trimmings can be transported to the Sustainable Barbados Recycling Centre. Mr. Padmore pointed out there would be no environmental impact as the tree trimmings are mulched.

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