George Price Highway cleaned over weekend Print E-mail
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Thursday, 19 October 2017 00:00

In remembering 25 years of Environmental Sustainability, a trio composed of the Department of the Environment, the Belize Solid Waste Management Authority and the Belize Audubon Society once again partnered in a “Walk for a Green Belize” cleanup. The event aimed at building awareness and providing a firm foundation for an environmentally friendly Belize started at 7:00 am on Saturday along the entire 77 mile George Price Highway--with the involvement of over 50 groups, individuals and businesses.

Each group was assigned a mile to clean on a busy highway. For example, the National 4H Youth Development Center in Belmopan took care of the clean-up between the Roaring Creek Police Station and the WESTAR gas station, while the Belize Wildlife & Referral Clinic took care of Mile 61.

A release from the Belize Wildlife & Referral Clinic in describing the clean-up event, stated that 22 bags of garbage was collected.

“What we found tons of plastic bags, plastic bottles, soda cans, straws, Styrofoam containers and more. Particularly disturbing: entire bags of trash or diapers dumped on the roadside.

“Please respect the environment: Our highways are no dump site! Garbage kills wildlife and pollutes the environment we humans depend on. So the simple things you can do to save wildlife, and yourself, dispose properly of your garbage and try to produce as little waste as possible (use cloth bags instead of plastic, say no to straws, avoid Styrofoam containers, use water bottles and recycle them instead of shilling bags.”

In relation to the Walk for a Green Belize, the United States Embassy has also released a statement: Special thanks to the Belmopan Cancer Society, Women Empowering Families, 4H, and the Belmopan City Council! Mr. Luke Ramos and his wife donated metal picks and breakfast… Amazing what gets accomplished with willing hearts, determination, and great partners!