The trick is to make the trash a resource to be used for a good safe purpose. Recycling is NOT an option for now. Soda & beer bottles are re-used. We finally send batteries to Guatemala to be recycled.
Barges are privately owned, and will not carry trash to the mainland unless it is for a price. Then the trash will just go to the dump there.
I can fill you in on our past efforts that haven’t worked (as least yet):
1- Acquiring environmentally safe incinerators.
2- Getting an incinerator that produced electricity.
3- Crusher for glass to reuse in concrete.
4- Plastic shredder that “baled” plastic into 2x2 usable blocks.
5- Trying to impose a “recycling” deposit on batteries purchased.
6- Trying to get battery suppliers to offer a used battery return program.
7- Trying to create a dumpsite up North on Town land that could later be used for a park.
8- Trying to create a “dumpsite” for just seaweed that the town picks up to create a large park area near the old soccer field in the middle of town.
9- We did have “separator” trash bins for glass, plastic, etc for recycling, but no place for them to go. Town just emptied them all at the dump.
10- Tried to find a Belizean who would be interested in collecting batteries to make lead scuba and fishing weights. Even had the molds, and a way to reuse the acid. No luck there either.
11- One idea was to make an artifical reef in the bay like they did in Key West from the appropriate car & golfcart bodies, refrigerators, and washing machines. In Key West it is an incredible place to snorkel & fish. During rough seas in the front it would be a nice alternative.
12- Tried to see if the local judge would consider "public service" as an alternative sentence to some crimes. Or that "prisoners" could be taken out for fresh air and walk the beach picking up trash.
Would love NEW suggestions...or help with old ones.