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Re: Big Garbage Cleanup Project Nov. 9-12 [Re: Marty] #533251
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The goal for the Belize Tourism Industry Association (BTIA) 4 day clean up was to hit multiple locations in multiple neighborhoods, but we couldn’t even finish just one road because of how bad it was. There was an army of seriously dedicated people working from 8 am to 5 pm and multiple vehicles hauling trash non-stop all day long, but the road is still covered in trash. Literally tons of trash were pulled from the environment, but many tons still remain.

The past 4 days cleaning the San Pedrito Highway, a road that is only 2 years old, was not fun, it was not easy, and it broke everyones’ hearts to see the severity of the trash problem on Ambergris Caye. How did this happen and why does it still happen? Why do so many so blatantly disrespect the island that provides us our livelihood? How can we reverse this behavior before it is too late?

Our hope is that we get to a point where these clean ups are not necessary because of the respect people have for the island, that the love that we have for where we live will not allow this level of pollution to exist ever again. But we are very far from that, there is a lot of change that needs to happen before that can become a reality. We challenge all you, let’s make this be the turning point, let’s all as a community stand up together and put our foot down, no more of this ugly dumping on our island!

For the tourism to continue, for the health of the trees, the water, the wildlife, for our livelihoods, and most importantly, the health of the people. Pledge to keep it clean, for the love of San Pedro.

Thank you to the BTIA, the volunteers, to the paid workers, the sponsors, the donors of food, water, supplies, vehicles, and money for these items. Thank you to the transfer station for waiving fees for the 4 day event. Thank you to Fondation Brigitte Bardot for ACES vehicle that ran all day, every day hauling truck beds and trailers full of garbage from our precious wetland habitats.

As negative as this all sounds, the hard work by everyone involved made a huge difference this weekend combatting the unnatural disaster that plagues Ambergris Caye. We may not have accomplished our goal 100%, it was heartbreaking to know that we could not finish, but we pulled an unbelievable amount of garbage from the environment that is no longer causing the ecosystem harm, and we’re proud of every single person that stepped up and put the work in.

What can we do from here now this scheduled community clean up is over?

Be vigilant. If you see someone dumping, call them out, take photographs and report them. Let the world know they think their right to dump where they please to save a few minutes and dollars is more important than children growing up in a healthy environment.

If you have your garbage collected and removed, request the transfer station receipts so you know your trash is going where it should.

If you see children littering, speak to them, reach them on a personal level and try to teach them the importance of a trash-free environment.

This has to be a community effort for the sake of the community.

We cannot fail at this, for we will be failing ourselves and future generations to come.

ACES / American Crocodile Education Sanctuary


Re: Big Garbage Cleanup Project Nov. 9-12 [Re: Marty] #533264
11/14/18 07:07 AM
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A sneak peak of photographs from Day 1 and Day 4 taken in between fulfilling the role of Snack Lady. The Snack Cart has been disbanded and the Snack Lady no longer answers to that nickname.

May the community be inspired by the commitment of everyone who participated in this project and support all efforts going to put a stop to illegal dumping.

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Thousands of pounds garbage removed during SP BTIA clean-up in San Pedro Town

The San Pedro Chapter of the Belize Tourism Industry Association (SP BTIA) along with the American Crocodile Education Sanctuary (ACES) and the San Pedro Town Council (SPTC) held a huge clean-up campaign in San Pedro Town from Friday, November 9th to Monday, November 12th. The improper disposal of garbage has long been an issue on Ambergris Caye. Illegal dumping has resulted in street sides littered with large items such as appliances and old furniture, polluting our water system, marring our natural beauty and threatening the health of our environment.

The goal of the SP BTIA four-day clean-up campaign was to pick up garbage from multiple locations in various neighborhoods, but due to the massive amounts of trash located in one area, the San Pedrito Highway, efforts focused on clearing the road of all trash. Throughout the four days, from 8AM to 4PM, there was an army of seriously dedicated and hardworking people along with multiple golf carts, trucks, trailers, backhoes and bulldozers, who pulled tons of trash from the San Pedrito Highway. Despite the combined efforts, tons of garbage remains along the road.

Click here to read the rest of the article and see more photos in the San Pedro Sun


Re: Big Garbage Cleanup Project Nov. 9-12 [Re: Marty] #533300
11/16/18 05:51 AM
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Letter to the Editor: This has to be a community effort

Dear Editor,

The goal for the San Pedro Belize Tourism Industry Association (SP BTIA) 4 day cleanup was to hit multiple locations in multiple neighborhoods, but we couldn’t even finish just one road because of how bad it was. There was an army of seriously dedicated people working from 8 am to 5 pm and multiple vehicles hauling trash non-stop all day long, but the road is still covered in garbage. Literal tons of trash were pulled from the environment, but many tons still remain.

The past 4 days cleaning the San Pedrito Highway, a road that is only 2 years old, was not fun, it was not easy, and it broke everyone’s’ hearts to see the severity of the trash problem on Ambergris Caye. How did this happen and why does it still happen? Why do so many so blatantly disrespect the island that provides us our livelihood? How can we reverse this behavior before it is too late?

Our hope is that we get to a point where these clean ups are not necessary because of the respect people have for the island, that the love that we have for where we live will not allow this level of pollution to exist ever again. But we are very far from that, there is a lot of change that needs to happen before that can become a reality. We challenge all of you, let’s make this be the turning point, let’s all as a community stand up together and put our foot down, no more of this ugly dumping on our island!

For the tourism to continue, for the health of the trees, the water, the wildlife, for our livelihoods, and most importantly, the health of the people. Pledge to keep it clean, for the love of San Pedro.

Thank you to the SP BTIA, the volunteers, to the paid workers, the sponsors, the donors of food, water, supplies, vehicles, and money for these items. Thank you to the transfer station for waiving fees for the 4 day event. Thank you to Foundation Brigitte Bardot for ACES vehicle that ran all day, every day hauling truck beds and trailers full of garbage from our precious wetland habitats.

As negative as this all sounds, the hard work by everyone involved made a huge difference this weekend combatting the unnatural disaster that plagues Ambergris Caye. We may not have accomplished our goal 100%, it was heartbreaking to know that we could not finish, but we pulled an unbelievable amount of garbage from the environment that is no longer causing the ecosystem harm, and we’re proud of every single person that stepped up and put the work in.

What can we do from here now this scheduled community cleanup is over?

Be vigilant. If you see someone dumping, call them out, take photographs and report them. Let the world know they think their right to dump where they please to save a few minutes and dollars is more important than children growing up in a healthy environment.

If you have your garbage collected and removed, request the transfer station receipts so you know your trash is going where it should.

If you see a children littering, speak to them, reach them on a personal level and try to teach them the importance of a trash-free environment.

This has to be a community effort for the sake of the community.

We cannot fail at this, for we will be failing ourselves and future generations to come.

/s/ ACES / American Crocodile Education Sanctuary
Chris Summers and Christina Manzi

Re: Big Garbage Cleanup Project Nov. 9-12 [Re: Marty] #533318
11/16/18 12:35 PM
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BTIA Big Garbage Cleanup


A Little More of the Story in Pictures ... So many people to thank for their donations of time, energy and effort, snacks (sandwiches, cookies, cake and baked goods, chips, fruit, etc), hand disinfectant, water and juice, first aid, gloves, garbage bags, vehicles and heavy equipment, and cash. Managing the Hand Washing, Snack, Refreshment & Smoke Cart didn't leave a ton of time for photographs ... Photos by Karen Brodie

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Re: Big Garbage Cleanup Project Nov. 9-12 [Re: Marty] #533446
11/25/18 06:46 AM
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Captain Conch says: No more trash in the lagoon!!!

Captain Conch and his shark friend had a lot of fun with the kids at school on Children’s Day


Re: Big Garbage Cleanup Project Nov. 9-12 [Re: Marty] #533560
12/02/18 05:53 AM
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SP BTIA and SPTC commit to a cleaner San Pedro

Following the San Pedro Belize Tourism Industry Association’s (SP BTIA) Big Garbage Clean-up campaign on November 9th through the 12th, SP BTIA Chairwoman Tamara Sniffin and SP BTIA member Karen Brodie met with Mayor Daniel Guerrero. On Wednesday, November 21st, the trio reviewed the success of the clean-up campaign and discussed plans for better trash management on the island. The SP BTIA team also appealed for a solid commitment from Mayor Guerrero and San Pedro Town Board in addressing the situation.

In the meeting, SP BTIA mentioned that during the four-day clean-up campaign illegally disposed of trash was easily identifiable as to its origin. It became apparent that many businesses on the island are hiring individuals with trucks to dispose of their garbage, but the trash never makes it to the Transfer Station. It was speculated that the fees at the Transfer Station are keeping these trucks from going there and that the businesses who hire them are unaware that their trash is not properly disposed of. It was agreed that anyone who hires a truck to remove their garbage should ask that a receipt from the Transfer Station be presented before paying for the hauling service. This easy request can quickly put an end to such illegal dumping. Mayor Guerrero also confirmed that all Town Council trucks would exclusively use the Transfer Station as well.

Enforcement of the NO DUMPING fine was another point of discussion, and Guerrero informed that ticket books were on order and that they were in the process of gazetting town council individuals who will be authorized to issue the tickets, stating that Traffic Officers will be included. The Mayor assured that if photo evidence can prove someone is illegally dumping, that is enough to issue a ticket and he encouraged people to be on the lookout for the illegal behavior. Photos can be dropped at the Town Council or emailed to sptb@btl.net or the SP BTIA at sanpedro@btia.org

Click here to read the rest of the article and see more photos in the San Pedro Sun


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