As is common in all Caribbean islands:
¨For Small Island Developing States (SIDS) like Barbados, the disposal of waste is a serious constraint to sustainable development. The limited land area and resources for safe disposal, growing population, unsustainable consumption patterns and increasing imports of polluting and hazardous substances combine to make pollution prevention and the management of waste a critical issue.¨
-- Sewerage and Solid Waste Project Unit, Ministry of Health, on the Integrated Solid Waste Management Programme (ISWMP).
The ISWMP is based on integrating all key players involved in waste management on the island. This includes the National Sanitary Landfill located on the west side of the island, the Solid Waste Management Center (Transfer Station, Chemical Waste Storage Facility and Composting Facility), and a Bulky Waste Facility. These physical components are intended to be integrated with social, institutional, economic, and legislative components in order to provide complete support to waste management on the island. This was a program set forth by the Government of Barbados and the Inter-American Development Bank.
Under the Environmental Protection Department of the Government of Barbados, the Solid Waste and Hazardous Substances Section was created in 2005 in order to improve the management of hazardous materials issues and continue conducting the monitoring and regulation of waste disposal and management. Currently, there is no comprehensive solid waste management legislation; nevertheless, there are several Health Services acts through which waste management is overseen.
(Source: Environmental Protection Department and Sewerage and Solid Waste Project Unit, Ministry of Health, Barbados.)
- Sustainable Barbados Recycling Centre