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Rarely talked about #461207
03/29/13 03:45 AM
03/29/13 03:45 AM
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Thruopeneyes Offline OP
Rarely talked about

This is part of Ambergris Caye rarely talked about...garbage. The irony is that the trash can sits empty most of the time. This is just one example of the trash problem on the island.

Winning the Tripadvisor's award is a great honor so maybe action needs to be taken not to disappoint the tourist that visit.
Re: Rarely talked about [Re: Thruopeneyes] #461273
03/29/13 06:33 PM
03/29/13 06:33 PM
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Ambergris Caye
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Might have to stick it right up their Kyber Pass

Re: Rarely talked about [Re: Thruopeneyes] #461279
03/29/13 07:41 PM
03/29/13 07:41 PM
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san pedro, Belize
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I think that 'locals' might object to being identified as the source of littering and quite rightly so. All of us who live here are 'locals' but when expats use that term, they often exclude themselves. Not pointing any fingers, just explaining why there may often be a break down in communication as a result. My biggest concerns with littering have had very little to do with native Belizeans and much to do with some foreign owned businesses/properties who don't take care of their rubbish or beaches properly.

Re: Rarely talked about [Re: robvee] #461280
03/29/13 07:51 PM
03/29/13 07:51 PM
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This post just reminded me of a situation I had recently walking up north and needing a trash can to place my doggie poo.

At one point there was a "public - type" trash can in front of Palapa, I thought placed there by Neighborhood Watch (but I could be wrong on this). At any rate, there is frankly no where for tourists or locals to place their trash (short of taking it over the bridge). Residents of Tres Cocos pay for trash pickups and they do not take kindly to others placing garbage in your bins. The poor guy hauls the pull trailer by hand daily and it can get very heavy.

Not sure what the plan is at this point, but the situation does need attention...

Re: Rarely talked about [Re: collyk] #461283
03/29/13 09:24 PM
03/29/13 09:24 PM
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Wandering the USA
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Originally Posted by collyk
I think that 'locals' might object to being identified as the source of littering and quite rightly so. All of us who live here are 'locals' but when expats use that term, they often exclude themselves.

Sorry, collyk, perhaps that is not the correct term to use, but I have personally never seen expats or tourists littering the beach or road. That does not mean that it doesn't occur. However, I have seen, on numerous occasions, native Belizeans, if you prefer that, throwing Belikin or Fanta bottles out into the bushes as they ride their bikes or golf carts, and/or throwing paper or styrofoam trash similarly.

The complete lack of public trash receptacles on the beach and road north of the bridge obviously exacerbates this problem and should be addressed. But as the original photo that spurred this discussion showed, you can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink. Education is needed as well.

It's just a shame to see such a beautiful island be "trashed". I totally agree that resorts should be held accountable as well.

Former Belize expat traveling the USA & Mexico
Re: Rarely talked about [Re: Thruopeneyes] #461285
03/29/13 09:53 PM
03/29/13 09:53 PM
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Thruopeneyes Offline OP
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I too am including everyone on this island as culprits to the problem and am not placing the blame on only Belizeans but I too mostly see Natives trashing the place. Not saying expats/tourists don't because there are bad apples in every bunch. Plus I can't place all the pressure on business owners since they should not be the sole barers of the cleanup when the Natives/expats/tourists continously add to the problem. In this photo the trash can is obviously available and yet the mentality of the people is too litter anywhere they can. Trash bins are necessary but I find that since many folks don't speak up or just don't care the leaders of this island won't spend the money to address the issue. Additionally many business owner either don't speak up because their business depends on tourism so keeping this topic off the radar is beneficial to them. While other business owners don't speak up due to 'retaliation' from the local government. If you think this does not exist you've been hiding under a rock.

To be silent in the face of injustice is to be an accomplice to evil
Re: Rarely talked about [Re: Thruopeneyes] #461306
03/30/13 11:15 AM
03/30/13 11:15 AM
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Birdland - 1 mile north
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I see you just registered here yesterday. Are you new to the board or simply choose a new name? I take it you are here on the island - you did take the picture - right? Are you new to the island?

Take only pictures leave only bubbles
Re: Rarely talked about [Re: Thruopeneyes] #461308
03/30/13 11:20 AM
03/30/13 11:20 AM
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Thruopeneyes Offline OP
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No I am not new to the island Harriette. Been here for quite some time, have a business, residency etc but I just trolled around before I decided to register and speak up. As I said this is not a 'popular' subject but it was something that has been bothering me for a long time.

Obvioulsy I have not been here as long as some but long enough.

To be silent in the face of injustice is to be an accomplice to evil
Re: Rarely talked about [Re: Thruopeneyes] #461309
03/30/13 11:36 AM
03/30/13 11:36 AM
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pasadena, TX, USA
Tom Offline
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Thruopeneyes, I think you are pretty accurate with what you have said and the pic speaks for it's self.
Trash has been an on going problem for years. I remember when the first trash cans/recepticles where put on Front Street/Barrier Reef Drive.
The problem does not only exist on land but also in the water. I can not tell you how many bottles and other articles I have removed just of of several docks while snorkeling.
As far as education goes the schools have addressed this issue several times but needs to be at least a yearly thing that corresponds to the yearly cleanup program that is aready in place.
This issue has to be handed down from responsible adults to the children. Maybe you can see where the problem exists.
There are a lot of people that are doing things to address this issue, it is just on going.
We also get a lot of visitors who do not care because they are here for such a short period of time. Kind of like renters instead of owners and the way they take care of their property.

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