BTIA and friends clean up road and beach

Picking up trash: Pictured above are, left to right, Francisco Oliva, Raul Oliva, Beatrice Oliva and Daniel Oliva
Last Saturday, April 19, around 50 people - Belize Tourism Industry Association (BTIA) members, hoteliers, students, and a visitor - all friends of the island and planet Earth, got together and picked up trash along the beach and roadside from Ramon's Village to Sunset Beach Resort. The Earth Day clean-up which was spearheaded by Janet Woolam of Victoria House, Liz Checcini of Mata Rocks and Sonja Wade of Hotel Playador, picked up over 100 large bags of plastic, bottles and paper trash. The "trash team" worked in areas outside of town that are beyond where the town board workers clean.

In addition to the roadside and beach clean-up an "Adopt a Road Beach Program" was inaugurated. More adopters are needed. The "Adopt a Road/Beach Program" involves persons adopting a section of the roadway or beach and keeping it clean. It is not necessary to adopt a large section, the area in front or in back of a home or business is a good area to start with. Neighbors could adopt their street. The first clean-up is the hardest. After an area is clean - when one piece of trash is thrown by a passerby, it really shows up and is easy to take care of. To date 12 persons/businesses have adopted sections of the beach and road. They are: Blue Hole Dive Center, Sunbreeze Hotel, Mito Paz Family, Corona del Mar, Caribbean Villas, Mata Rocks, Chris Allnatt, Victoria House, Bruce and Victoria Collins, Katy Brickey and Ann McGlaun. To adopt your section - anywhere on the island - call Liz at Mata Rocks 2336 or Janet at Victoria House 2067. Just do it! Editor's note: Thank you to the many businesses and hotels who are doing their share to keep San Pedro clean, and have been doing their part for many years.

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