One of the hottest, most contested topics concerns Serlimar, our lame local trash removal company. Sorry, no recycling, no waste management, mostly in deficit, until the arrival of the new MinInfra who saw the potential to turn the pauper into a prince, on our backs.

Some say, he is eyeing the Serlimar director job, once he turns his apron and pitch fork over to a member of his party, and the new incoming MinInfra, Marisol Tromp.  

One of my talented friends writes: Yesterday was the day in which parliament was about to resume deliberations and eventually get to a vote, attempting to approve an ill-conceived national ordinance giving the mismanaged and semi-bankrupt Serlimar, the state controlled trash collection agency, full monopoly on waste management.

In the absence of an environmental framework here, regulating what constitutes waste, waste management, waste processing and the proper disposal of whatever, Serlimar never had to acquire the expertise, the resources and the trained personnel to engage in ALL activities associated with the full spectrum of waste management.

So they remained stuck: Collect, dump, set on fire, and say it wasn’t you. Repeat.

In Aruba, all treaties ratified by the Kingdom of the Netherlands on waste management and processing, in particular hazardous materials, were never implemented, and never turned into a national legislation.

With the new MinInfra in 2016, the plan to introduce a waste to energy plant, or in other words the sexy incinerator, arrived on the scene, without an economic feasibility plan, or a study of emissions, and/or enforceable air standards, BUT with a big bill, to be guaranteed by Serlimar, and levied from the sheep.

Yes, every household milked, every visitor bled, the holy principle of Free Market, upheld by private companies in the waste management sector, had to be trashed for this rags to riches scheme to work.

Civil society organizations protested, the battle in the public opinion arena raged on for weeks, and luckily, when it went to parliament for the third time, it did not garner support. Was it common sense? The general interest of the public? Or the need to safeguard free market enterprise?

For member of parliament Ricardo Croes to endorse the legislation, the legality of cannabis was a quid pro quo.

By the mere fact that the law keeps popping up for debate and eventual vote, GOA exposed itself as paying only lip service to sustainable development

The second hottest and most contested topic is the threat of receiving a KB from the Netherlands, or an aanwijzing, which will in fact escalate financial supervision to financial guardianship, and micro management, a type of breathing-down-your-neck control.

What it exactly means, I don‘t know. The Dutch may come here with a list of things to do, perhaps slash all salaries across the board by 20%, cracking down on expenses, and perhaps even arrive here physically, in teams, verifying that things are hopping.  MORE TOMORROW

WOO: Keeping up with OO

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October 16, 2019
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