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Tipping fee dumped

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The much-maligned tipping fee is gone. And while head of the Waste Haulers Association Anderson Cherry is pleased with its removal, both he and an outspoken environmentalist say it should be replaced immediately with a legislated recycling programme.

A release from the Sanitation Service Authority (SSA) on Saturday said “with immediate effect”, the tipping fee would be removed from all waste going to Sustainable Barbados Recycling Centre (SBRC) in Mangrove, St Thomas. 

The fee of $25 per tonne according to the SSA, which was imposed in May 2015, provoked the ire of the waste haulers, with many saying it would drive up their rates and push them out of business.

They and environmentalists also predicted it would lead to an increase in illegal dumping as some truckers would choose gullies and other out-of-sight spots to dump their loads in an attempt to avoid payment. (HLE)

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