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Oct 13, 2017

Take a Walk for a Green Belize

A ‘Walk for a Green Belize’ will be held tomorrow, Saturday, October fourteenth. The Department of Environment joined forces with Belize Solid Waste Management Authority and the Belize Audubon Society. The clean-up campaign is aimed at building awareness and sustaining an environmentally friendly country. The walk and clean-up will be held along the entire seventy-seven mile stretch of the George Price Highway and there will be traffic and police presence to ensure participants’ safety. It kicks off at seven in the morning and expected to wrap up before midday. The organizers shared more about the initiative.

 

Dareece Chuc

Dareece Chuc, Environmental Education & Communication Director, BAS

“We are doing it so that we can make a statement so that all Belizeans can see that we have a solid waste issue in our country and that Belizeans can come together and make a difference and so we start by cleaning along the George Price Highway. I believe the initiative has people cleaning all the way Up to Benque Viejo. So we have over fifty groups, businesses, individuals participating in the clean up tomorrow.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“Where does it start from? Are you gathering in one location and then heading out?”

 

Dareece Chuc

“So, the way it works, each interested group or organization is assigned a mile to clean along the highway. We start from Belize City with the Belize City Council doing the first mile going on to the George Price Highway.   Each group is asked to bag their garbage and to record the number of garbage bags that they fill and later on Solid Waste will be responsible for weighing that garbage and we will have that number available. But just for reference, last year we collected 800 bags of garbage – and this is the 55 gallon bags – and the weight of the garbage was about ten thousand pounds.”

 

Tyronne Chimilio

Tyronne Chimilio, Communications Officer, Belize Solid Waste Management Authority

“One of the most important things in terms of having the walk with Green Belize is to highlight the issued we are having with waste management. So, the cleanup campaign works more of also an advocacy for Belizeans to practice proper waste management even if it starts from you home in terms of just bagging your waste properly. Speaking more about the event, for a group to win prize, it is based on the number of persons you bring on your team/department, as well as the number of bags you pick up along with that group. We want to highlight as well is not to only emphasize the picking up, but emphasizing proper waste management, of course we have the solid waste management facilities under the solid waste management project the first one; we have five working transfer stations and now we are moving off into solid waste management project two and we continue to emphasize the importance of proper waste disposal.”

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