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Aug 3, 2023

Separation of Garbage – Recyclable, Compost, Waste

Belize City generates about sixty-nine tons of waste per day; San Ignacio around thirty tons, twenty-five tons from the island town of San Pedro, Caye Caulker about six to seven tons and Burrell Boom approximately ten tons daily. The proper disposal of garbage begins at the individual level. Tyrone Chimilio says that within the Belize Solid Waste Management Project Two, an education campaign on separating waste at home would make the disposal process more effective. 


Tyrone Chimilio, Communications Officer, Belize Solid Waste Management Authority

Tyrone Chimilio

“It’s not going to be overnight, it is going to be something where people are going to be transitioning into a new way, behavioural change when it comes to solid waste. What we need to look at though is waste diversion and the proper collection of the recovered recyclable materials. We dispose a lot of garbage, but we could be able to recover some of those materials and direct that waste from coming to the regional sanitary landfill. So those are the things that we want to be able to introduce. And we know that people are receptive to the change that needs to happen in solid waste. Beyond just the recyclable materials, especially plastics glass and other materials, we have to look at compost which is another factor. We dispose a lot of organic materials as well and we are in talks already with companies or should I say program that is focusing only on organic material. So all those are things to come, but we are so proud over a decade of providing excellent service in waste management.”


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