Garbage: Most Mentioned Negative Aspect By Tourist

Posted By: Marty

Garbage: Most Mentioned Negative Aspect By Tourist - 09/26/13 11:31 AM

Garbage: The Most Mentioned Negative Aspect Of Caye Caulker and Belize By The Foreign Tourists

I am sorry I don’t do Facebook but I have a friend who informs me if there is anything being discussed in Caye Caulker which would be relevant to anything I am working on or writing about. So I am very happy that CCVC’s Foreman Wayne Miller beat me to my next planned article which was going to be about garbage. I started about garbage in my first article about the location of the only secondary school in Caye Caulker. There I wrote that I do not understand Central Governments refusal to listen to the island Elders proposal to move the present school Ocean Academy out of the swamp to a better Public Health spot next to the airport at the Social Security owned Resort.

To have the present school surrounded by swamp with garbage filled water is just asking for it just like CCVC’s Wayne Miller is making clear that garbage is the threat of Dengue on the island of Caye Caulker and will be coming closer and closer. The throwing of garbage around on the island is not only the biggest threat to Public Health but when Dengue comes to Caye Caulker it will also result in having less foreign visitors; resulting in more negative economic results for the island. Mr. Miller is right! We are all responsible not only the Village Council. So next time when you throw your garbage in our neighborhood think of the consequences for your fellow islanders and yourself.

For as far as I can see there are several hotspots for the garbage throwers. The worst one I think is between Rosado’s Butane property in front of the Ms.Lola’s property all the way to the Ocean Academy. So right along the school path of both schools. So I am very happy that somebody in authority of the village council is now taking up the issue. And one from when you go to the back from Marty’s lumberyard past the wood workshop. It is a couple of months ago I was visiting there that might be impossible to clean it up but to solve it with a couple of truck loads of sand to cover up the garbage which they use to fill the swamp. I know if the owner does not have the money someone has to step in because it is a threat for everybody.

I am willing to spend a day cleaning up along the school path. Not only it is also close to my neighborhood even if my kids are not going to school, I do not wish Dengue on anybody even if you could sometimes wish it only on the garbage throwers because you see if they get it you might be next. That counts also for the garbage throwers, remember that. I had Dengue once. I attracted it in Tulum and bwaye I really thought I was going to die,serious. I even made one of the biggest economic mistakes in my life selling a 40ft container with all my books and antiques just to get money in case I would end up dead just when my oldest boy was visiting me.

So if we could get some coordination with the CCVC about taking the garbage away, Mr.Miller which day in the close future you would like to do this. And folks come and help because there is a lot of garbage along the road.

What if one of your kids attracts Dengue?. You will regret that, if you know that at least you tried to prevent it. So come out and help to clean up Caye Caulker!!

Another aspect about garbage and I hear it from the mouth of tourists in all those languages you do not understand and sometimes I think it is a curse that I do understand that garbage is the thing what foreigners think and discuss with other foreigners is the most negative aspect of Belize or the island to see so much garbage floating around. If you only could understand what they say about that, you would never throw any garbage anywhere and you would teach your kids not to litter.

Friday after lunch, September 27 Marsh Alamina and neighbors of the school path will do a clean up effort starting from the Ocean Academy towards the primary school up to Rosado’s Butane property

Chriss Roggema

Caye Caulker Chronicles
Posted By: Marty

Re: Garbage: Most Mentioned Negative Aspect By Tourist - 09/28/13 11:00 AM

Mystery Garbage Appears Along Coastlines of San Pedro and Caye Caulker

Speaking with officials we discovered that most of the garbage could very possibly have been pushed out from the rivers in Belize and all the way down to Honduras. The region has been experiencing heavy rainfall due to back to back tropical systems passing over the area the past few weeks. The rains were followed by south-westerly winds and very high tides which pushed the garbage offshore. Now that the trade winds are blowing towards the mainland once again, all the garbage washed out to sea is being pushed back inshore.

The garbage pile up is much more serious in Caye Caulker were it has completely covered some beach areas, including the famous swimming area The Split. Caye Caulker Village Chairman, Mr. Wayne Miller, says that the garbage can be seen all around the island, including the western lagoon side.

Residents of both islands are very concerned about the impact the floating garbage will have on the environment and marine life. San Pedro is not as affected as its neighboring island of Caye Caulker, whose residents are working on a massive cleanup campaign. Both islands are very dependent on tourism and cannot have their beaches looking filthy.

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Garbage litters beaches in front of hotels and resorts in Caye Caulker

Posted By: Diane Campbell

Re: Garbage: Most Mentioned Negative Aspect By Tourist - 09/28/13 11:35 AM

What are the most effective methods of disposal and pick-up?
Does anybody have some kind of giant net or sieve ?
I am desperate to get after our stretch of beach - we started yesterday with me picking up the biggest pieces by hand, workers following behind with rakes and shovels - but this is taking forever ........ would like to make a bigger difference in a shorter time - any/all suggestions welcomed - please.
Posted By: Judyann H.

Re: Garbage: Most Mentioned Negative Aspect By Tourist - 09/28/13 12:58 PM

I'm with you Diane....When I saw the mess yesterday my first thought near the SeaWall was to have some type of super sized net and in one swoop it would be clean......However, as quickly as I thought that the yard man from next door and ours simply maneuvered the mess onto our beach and into the seaweed...From there business as usual....A rake and Wheel barrel....Next thing I knew it was gone....More today but I'm confident there innovative technique will continue as usual.... wink ...Got a love these guys....
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