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Aug 7, 2008

Garbage piling up at Placencia Peninsula

Story PicturePlacencia residents say that by and large they have been keeping the coastline and environment clean and have been diligent in their garbage collection and disposal because a healthy environment is what keeps bringing the tourism dollars to the area. But in the past few weeks there has been a pile of garbage washing up on the shores of the beautiful peninsula. Placencia resident, Glenford Eiley, was so upset he had to talk trash with us today. He believes that the garbage is coming from Honduras.

Jose Sanchez
“Part of your evidence then is that the garbage that’s actually coming in, you can see the labels in Spanish on the back; things that you wouldn’t necessarily see from Placencia people right?”

Glenford Eiley, Placencia Resident
“Yes, absolutely. We know that this is not coming from our village.”

Jose Sanchez
“Do Placencia people throw their garbage just like that in the water?”

Glenford Eiley
“Absolutely not. We do not throw garbage in our waters. That’s for sure and I’m certain that our neighboring communities are doing the best they can to educate their people not to do so if that’s a situation. So these garbage are not form us. These are currents that happen every once in a while, every time there’s a major flood or every time there’s an east wind blowing. When those garbage come out of that lagoon and in the ocean, basically what happens is if there’s a northern wind blowing it washes the garbage back on the shores of Honduras. But if there’s an east wind blowing and the golf streams spins clockwise, in other words, brings the garbage away from the Honduranian coast and puts it onto the coast and the east winds blows it across our reef onto our cayes and eventually onto our shores. That is definitely a very, very fair assumption if you’ve ever seen or witnessed what we have seen in that area. Also, it brings other things like other pesticides and herbicides into our area. Everybody is very concerned and right now there’s a lot of people out in there are trying to clean up. This is an issue for the authorities. There has to be a bilateral or tri-national agreement or arrangement and we have to be looking at how can we alleviate this matter because this is not an issue where a community cleans up their beach and call in a person or two who would fix this problem. This has to be, I would think, from government to government to see if they can do a little better in making sure that the garbage when they pile up does no end up in the Progresso Lagoon.”

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