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Jul 17, 2014

Solid Waste Management Revisited

The Belize Solid Waste Management Project is in full swing at the moment. It addresses various processes, including the creation of waste, collection, transfer and disposal, as well as the reprocessing and treatment of waste. Since its implementation mid-2013, the western corridor of the country has been retrofitted with transfer stations and also a state-of-the-art solid waste management facility at miles twenty-four on the George Price Highway. Today, a press briefing was held to give an update on the progress made thus far.

 

Lumen Cayetano, Senior Solid Waste Technician, BSWaMA

Lumen Cayetano

“One of the means that we use to reach people are public events. We participate in the national agricultural and trade show, we set up booths at the expo…the last time we were at the literacy fair and we get goof showing at the booth. People come and of course the first thing they ask is what you have to give us but we always response with we have information on what we are doing at the Belize Solid Waste Management Authority, what you can do to help in proper waste management and the like. So I think that these public venues are good places to start familiarizing people what the negative consequences of waste management can do. We try to tell people that in order for us to have a clean Belize, you have to do your part and doing your part means changing the way you operate; changing your approach to waste management. And also what we do is to inform them of what we’ve been doing to help facilitate that change that we would like to have from them. Because right now, for example, the transfer stations are in place; there is no longer a need for you to be dumping garbage illegally, but without us promoting those facilities and how those facilities are to be used, people would still be in the dark and would be unaware of what is required from them. So a part from changing the behavior first of all is to provide people with the necessary information.”

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