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#226919 - 01/16/07 05:06 PM Recycling plastic bottles in Belize?
Tranquilo Traveler Offline
Is this possible? I've heard different things -- I believe there's at least one collector in BC who sells old plastic bottles to Mexico. Is there anything tourists can do to help get all those plastic bottles recycled (besides use less bottles)?

Incidentally, I think it's quite ironic that all those "Donated by Barry Bowen" garbage cans would not fit .0001% of the trash created by his beverage company since they switched from reusable glass bottles to plastic.

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#226922 - 01/16/07 05:18 PM Re: Recycling plastic bottles in Belize? [Re: Tranquilo Traveler]
Tranquilo Traveler Offline
P.S. What ever happened to The Environmental Restoration Project (ERP) team headed by Vicki Nelder?

(From a 2001 San Pedro Sun article: http://sanpedrosun.net/old/01-441.html )

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#226924 - 01/16/07 05:29 PM Re: Recycling plastic bottles in Belize? [Re: Tranquilo Traveler]
dabunk Offline
The PET bottles are bought back in Belize City, not sure what they do with them. But transporting them from the island to BC probably is not cost effective.

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#226926 - 01/16/07 05:42 PM Re: Recycling plastic bottles in Belize? [Re: dabunk]
Tranquilo Traveler Offline
Are there still collection points on the island? Or around the country?

Doesn't seem like there is any formal collection plan going on. Dabunk -- do you know WHERE in BC they buy them back?

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#226930 - 01/16/07 06:08 PM Re: Recycling plastic bottles in Belize? [Re: Tranquilo Traveler]
dabunk Offline
I have seen the place but cannot remember where. Just go into Belize City and follow all the street guys carrying feed bags of empties. No collection points that I know of, street guys collect and turn in for cash. Even recently people here in PG have been collecting and cashing in.

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#226932 - 01/16/07 06:20 PM Re: Recycling plastic bottles in Belize? [Re: dabunk]
ckocian Offline
There was a movement afoot countrywide, about four or so years ago, of pressure by the environmentally conscious to get all those Bowen plastics recycled. Some big deal came about in the form of an agreement by Bowen to recycle them and turn them into plastic pellets to make more plastic. I think it's all being trashed these days because Bowen stopped taking the empty plastic containers. No serious commitment within Belize that I know of but perhaps there is a resource for selling what is collected by random people to Mexico. Do you know Mary Toy, Josh? She's an environmental activist living in Placencia. Mary is probably apprised of what the situation currently is.

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#226994 - 01/17/07 02:45 AM Re: Recycling plastic bottles in Belize? [Re: ckocian]
indygal Offline
You can still buy all the soda pop you want in glass bottles, which are recycled.
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#227000 - 01/17/07 03:34 AM Re: Recycling plastic bottles in Belize? [Re: indygal]
dabunk Offline
Some program is still in place as I saw 5 guys today collecting plastic bottles. Someone is still handling them or else these guys would not be wasting their time.

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#227324 - 01/19/07 04:27 AM Re: Recycling plastic bottles in Belize? [Re: dabunk]
pash Offline
Yes, you can turn them back into the distributor here and get $.05 per plastic bottle (no matter the size). The word is that they are ground down into plastic pellets and reused for new bottles.

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#227389 - 01/19/07 05:54 PM Re: Recycling plastic bottles in Belize? [Re: pash]
Sir Isaac Newton Offline
I just throw my bottles and other trash into the Sea and it floats away, ... I think.
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