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Garbage pickup

Trevor Yearwood

Garbage pickup

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The Sanitation Service Authority (SSA) is reporting some improvement in Barbados’ garbage situation, but says a summer house-cleaning campaign isn’t helping its cause.

Public relations officer Carl “Alff” Padmore told reporters yesterday SSA teams had been working “round the clock” over the last weekend to collect garbage in “problem areas” and make more vehicles roadworthy.

“We have addressed a lot of those problem areas,” he said, referring to places where garbage had been piling up.

He spoke against the backdrop of news reports that the SSA was struggling to meet its commitments because an average of only 17 working trucks were on the road daily, short of the minimum 26 needed to adequately cover the country.

Padmore was unable to say how many vehicles were now on the road but said that over the last weekend mechanics had been “putting in long hours” to return to service several trucks reportedly taken off the road with a variety of complaints from operators.