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Nov 4, 2009

Scout Association encourages youths to recycle

Story PictureThe Scouts Association of Belize has embarked on a recycle project as their contribution to the protection of the environment. The project started last month and is teaching the youngsters not only to care for the environment, but it is also providing a source of income, through the collection of plastic bottles, waste paper and aluminum cans and by the planting of trees. And what’s the other incentive? Scouts that complete the project will earn the Belize Conservation Badge. Training Director of the Scout Association, Orlando Garcia, says that the project is in a four month cycle.

Orlando Garcia, Nat’l Training Director, Belize Scout Association
“Since scouting got started we have been teaching scouts about the fragility and vital importance of protection of the environment. We have conducted numerous activities throughout the entire country, for example, cleaning parks and playgrounds. We have been doing some tree planting and most important of all, each year we participate in the coastline and river ways clean up. As a result of this ongoing activity each year, we found out that Belize is faced with a major debris problem countrywide. The Scout Association saw it fit to embark on a recycle project as a result where scouts countrywide, we want to initiate a minimum of five hundred scouts to participate in the first phase of the recycling project, which includes scouts will be able to collect five hundred plastic bottles, collect thirty pounds of waste paper. Waste paper includes newspaper, exercise book, old books and anything that is waste paper. They will also collect thirty pounds of aluminum cans. They will also be teaching what they learn. The scouts will be able to plant a tree as part of this project. Upon completion of all these requirements, the scout will earn for the very first time in the history of our Scout Association, the Belize Conservation Badge. We’ll give an opportunity to our young people, the scouts, to take a step in protecting our Belizean environment. We believe that with this project, they will be able to earn some income to help them and their scout groups generating some funds because the plastic bottles, waste paper and aluminum cans will be sold to these companies.”

The project is in collaboration with PACT, Belize Audubon Society, Caribbean Paper Products and Belize Recycling Company. There are presently twenty-five hundred scouts in eighty-classrooms countrywide.

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