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Re: Keep it clean! #212139
10/31/05 08:14 PM
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I couldn't find any specific law and the rest of the Waste Management Act deals more with the running of it than actual enforcement of littering laws. What is noted above is the closest I could get. The laws themselves can be found at http://www.belizelaw.org/

Re: Keep it clean! #212140
10/31/05 10:47 PM
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I cannot tell you how much I appreciate y'all being interested in this (in my opinion) one of the biggest threats to the beauty and future of our island.

Simon, this is not about laws. It is about mentality. I have yet to see a country (and I have lived in a few) where laws have changed basic mentality.
It is not about saying: If you dump a plastic bottle, it'll cost you ten cents. It is about making people understand that the dumping of toxic waste, plastic and, and, and, will have an impact on the future (+ it looks like shit and hurts our tourism.

Locals and anyone else who own land here or just care about our island should support the effort to make people understand that it is not just illegal to dump paint buckets, plastic etc.
It is stupid!!!

Re: Keep it clean! #212141
10/31/05 11:15 PM
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I agree with everyone some thing has to change. But i think it starts with the education of the local people for instance this is an example of what happenned last time is was on AC in july. I was riding in a golf car with a local friend of mine who is a young teenager and he threw his trash from the food he was eating right there in the middle of the street, i was shocked at what he did, and i asked him why he would do something like that , it is his island and he should take care of it but he did not understand the wrong in doing what he did. It is truly a sad thing to see

Re: Keep it clean! #212142
10/31/05 11:54 PM
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Kids throw thrash everywhere. Ever been around a burger bar in the "civilized world"? The local schools actually do a very good job of educating the kids, as do the green reef project, the Hol Chan people and many others.

Main problem where I am at (north A.C.) is the resorts and other projects using the road and the lagoon lots as dumps + in their little minds think that toxic material make good land- and road fill. These places are not run by local kids, but by people from the U.S., Europe or where ever without a clue... Sad but true!

Re: Keep it clean! #212143
11/01/05 12:22 AM
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wow weile not so harsh, i just was sharing an experience i had with littering on AC. I dont know much about the resorts dumping trash but i do know that littering is a big problem on the island from what i have seen, and it starts with educating the children.

Re: Keep it clean! #212144
11/01/05 12:44 AM
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Sorry, Casa...
Not trying to be harsh. Sorry if I made that impression. Not intended.

Got your point, but this just happens to be something that I am so tired of watching after a number of years of living here. I absolutely agree that education is important.
My point is that if "we Gringos" come here and build nice million dollar homes and businesses and don't give a shit about anything but profit, there is little hope since most of the beachfront is in the hands of developers, who probably didn't throw thrash in their neighbor's yard back home in the States or Europe.

Re: Keep it clean! #212145
11/01/05 06:58 AM
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I am just what you need, someone who has not yet even been to Belize (1 more month!) offering suggestions!!!

I do think that engaging the kids is an easy place to start. I can still remember the Keep America Beautiful program that “Lady Bird” Johnson endorsed back in the mid 1960s. Damn I am OLD – how has this happened???

Anyway, it was great sport to scold your parents for being a “litter bug”. It was easy to get us interested in our environment – and this was in St. Louis which doesn’t even have a beach!!!

My guess is that businesses have one the greatest economic incentives to controlling litter and I would assume that they are “hit up” to donate to community causes such as equipping sports teams with uniforms, playground equipment, school supplies and such. Maybe they contribute to a fund that doled out some extras based on kid hours spent picking up trash. (Heck even some adults will volunteer for a cool tee shirt!) With a bit of supervision and some supplies a group of soccer teams or something might have an impact and more importantly it could help to raise awareness. Of course this won’t help much with commercial interests dumping illegally.

I have also read here about your Lions Club and their BBQ - perhaps they could be persuaded to offer a “discount” for bringing in a bag of trash or a free beer (ice cream or something for the kids).

An Adopt-A-Road style project could be modified to Adopt-A-Beach.

Does Belize utilize “Community Service” as punishment for minor criminal infractions?

While certainly not specific to Belize and perhaps not even applicable, it is interesting nevertheless that Keep America Beautiful, Inc. did a research project over the course of three years and found that people litter for one of three main reasons.

· Where they feel no sense of ownership or pride for the property
· Where someone else will clean up after them
· Where litter has already accumulated and they feel it is okay to add more

The research project also uncovered the seven main sources of litter.

· Commercial refuse sources, including dumpsters
· Household trash handling
· Construction/demolition sites
· Uncovered vehicles (especially truck beds)
· Loading docks
· Motorists
· Pedestrians

Oh well, just my thoughts and not worth what you paid for them but no, there are no refunds and yes I will pick up some trash for rum!

Damn this change from Daylight Savings Time waking me up at this ungodly hour!

Re: Keep it clean! #212146
11/01/05 10:37 AM
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I believe there is a 5 cent return on the plastic bottles at Bowen and Bowen. But not on the bags!

Maybe the bottling company would be a good place to start looking for a "No Littering" campaign.

Of course what Ebbe is talking about is the atrocious "dumping" on the north side. As he already stated, paint cans, rebar, stryofoam etc does not make good land fill - but it saves the contractor a lot of money in haulage. It is disgusting, shameful and dangerous to the environment. And our acceptance of these practices simply teaches our children that it is acceptable behaviour.

Also it is not only the "locals" that are causing these ugly practices but also foreigners.

If your building contractor has just built a house or a condo for you up north - have you seen where your construction trash went? Ask, you might be shocked to find out that you are contributing to this disgrace.

Re: Keep it clean! #212147
11/01/05 12:07 PM
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Thanks Amanda. You are right as always...

Re: Keep it clean! #212148
11/01/05 12:46 PM
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Well obviously education of people is important, however, you do have to make things easy for people. How about a rule that each beach front property is required to have at least one trash can. Yes it may be a pain for the property owners, however they have a responsibility as well. I can remember numerous times walking down the beach and carry trash for a mile becaus there are no trash cans. Thoughts, or am I off base?

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