Over the last couple of months, local authorities have seen an improvement in the way island residents and businesses are disposing of their garbage. The improper disposal of garbage has long been an issue on Ambergris Caye with illegal dumping resulting in unsightly litter across large portions of the island, polluting our water system, marring our natural beauty and threatening the health of our environment. Many non-governmental organization and businesses such as the San Pedro Chapter of the Belize Tourism Industry Association (SP BTIA), American Crocodile Education Sanctuary, Oceana Belize, The Phoenix, and even individuals, have hosted regular clean-up campaigns to raise awareness on the negative effects of illegal and improper garbage disposal on the environment.

San Pedro’s Solid Waste Transfer Station Manager Javier Magaña told The San Pedro Sun that he has seen an increase in the use of the Transfer Station. “After the huge SP BTIA clean-up last November, we have seen a tremendous increase in the use of the Transfer Station. We have more island businesses and residents disposing of their garbage properly,” said Magaña. “People are becoming more environmentally conscious about the negative effects garbage has on both the environment and residents’ health.” He added that the Transfer Station would continue to work with the San Pedro BTIA and the San Pedro Town Council (SPTC) to develop a task group that will be actively monitoring illegal dumping all over the island.

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