Previous Thread
Next Thread
Print Thread
08/31/11 08:49 AM
08/31/11 08:49 AM
Joined: Oct 1999
Posts: 59,034
oregon, spr
Marty Offline OP

Marty  Offline OP
Residents of San Pedro Ambergris Caye held a cleanup campaign on the island over the weekend.

Maria Novelo reporting...
“It is a constant problem that arises when it comes to San Pedro, the dumping of garbage on the streets and along the beaches. Addressing the concern would take the concentrated efforts of enforcers and people wanting to make a difference. That is why the Ambergris Caye residents, businesses along with the participation of the San Pedro Town Council and the Belize Tourism Board held a massive road and beach clean-up over the weekend. Equipped with garbage trucks, an army of men and women with garbage bags in hand and supporting a cause, the event proved successful. Although a daunting task to remove rubble, plastics and a majority of Styrofoam materials from off the streets, the team started off their campaign from the Boca del Rio Bridge collecting garbage all the way to behind Capricon resort. By the end of the day, the clean up team managed to remove at least five to six dump trucks of trash from the specified area, making the area appealing to the eye of our visitors and residents. Harnish says that the effort will continue in phases until the entire north part of the island has been combed and rid of all the garbage.


08/31/11 10:29 AM
08/31/11 10:29 AM
Joined: May 2011
Posts: 1,520
PACWest, SACSouth
Bear Offline
Bear  Offline
From my observations solid waste mgt and disposal is one of (one of, not "the") the most critical environmental issues facing Belize today.

The use of open burning to dispose of accumulated garbage at the dumps, albeit practical, for lack of a more economical alternative, and convenient, is fraught with long term issues many people do not or have not considered, from water quality to air quality. I watched the Placencia dump light off tons, by my estimate, of garbage on daily(nightly actually) basis. In as much as the leachates from the dump area is at the headwaters of the lagoons behind the peninsula its inevitable that contamination by such nasties as dioxins and polycyclic hydrocarbons will be, or is already happening. The same can be said for AC's own dump. Low temperature combustion of garbage is not a good thing, in fact its horrible but given the avalailable alternatives what else can Belize do? (That's as much a practial question as it is rhetorical)Persoanlly Im thrilled that the garbage is going to be hauled off island but not so thrilled that it may very well be disposed of in a similar fashion elsewhere. Islandside recyling should be a component of any long term solution.

Along these lines Belize faces an uphill, but not insurmountable battle with the "there aint no more, let it hit the floor" mentality when it comes to disposing of empty containers. I think clean up projects like this one help instill a sense of community pride and ownership and teach the kids (hell everyone for that matter) values as well. I'm looking forward to our next rotation so I can participate! I think the concept is great.

Last edited by Bear; 08/31/11 10:29 AM.

Portofino Resort- Now with a new BEACH BAR!!
Click for excellent scuba lessons with Elbert Greer!
Chaa Creek is an award-winning luxury Belize Resort, rated as one of the worlds best Eco Lodges. We are a pioneer in adventure travel to Belize since 1981!

Things to do

Daily News
Daily Weather

Classified Ads
San Pedro Sun
Ambergris Today
SP Town Council
Channel 7
Channel 5
Love FM
The Reporter
TV Newscasts
Radio Stations

Click for our
Search thousands of Belizean-only websites

Event Guides
Event Calendar
Specials & Events
Things to Do
iTravel Belize
Paradise Theater
Paradise Guy Event Calendar

San Pedro Scoop!
Tia Chocolate
My Beautiful Belize
I-Travel Belize
Belize Adventure
Belize Hub
Romantic Travel
Bound for Belize
Conch Creative
As The Coconuts Drop
More Blogs...
Search thousands of Belizean-only websites
White Sands Dive Shop - 5 Star PADI Dive Facility - Daily diving, SCUBA instruction and Snorkeling
Caribbean Inspired All Natural Condiments & Spice Blends, Over 100 are Gluten Free!
We manage a variety of homes, apartments, condos and commercial properties here on Ambergris Caye. Our minimum lease on ALL properties is six months.
Click for Ian Anderson's Caves Branch, Welcome to a World of Adventure
Lil Alphonse has snorkel equipment to fit anyone as well as Marine Park Tickets and flotation devices to assist those not as experienced.
Coastal Xpress offers a daily scheduled ferry run to most resorts, restaurants and private piers on the island of Anbergris Caye. We also offer  private and charter water taxi service.
2 3 4 5 6 7 8
9 10 11 12 13 14 15
16 17 18 19 20 21 22
23 24 25 26 27 28 29
Cayo Espanto
Click for Cayo Espanto, and have your own private island
More Links
Click for exciting and adventurous tours of Belize with Katie Valk!
Mini Chat
Who's Online Now
1 registered members (Richard Chapman), 260 guests, and 13 spiders.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Forum Statistics
Most Online1,262
Jun 10th, 2007 HELP! Visitor Center Goods & Services San Pedro Town Message Board Lodging Diving Fishing Things to Do History Maps Phonebook Belize Business Directory Picture of the Day

The opinions and views expressed on this board are the subjective opinions of Ambergris Caye Message Board members
and not of the Ambergris Caye Message Board its affiliates, or its employees.

Powered by UBB.threads™ PHP Forum Software