Keeping Belmopan clean Print E-mail
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Thursday, 11 January 2018 00:00

Any quick trip to the Nation’s Capital today would reveal that it’s parks and playgrounds as well as many pedestrian ways are kept meticulously clean. Our attempts both on Monday and Tuesday to find a single piece of ill placed garbage along its major byways all but failed.

So we walked to the Belmopan City Council office on Tuesday to find out who was responsible for keeping the City free of any litter. There we were led to the office of Philip Simmons, the Sanitation Director for the Belmopan City Council.

His secret seems to be in placing receptacles at strategic points along the pedestrian pathways in Belmopan. According to Simmons studies have shown that pedestrians are reluctant to place back food wrapper back into their pockets. So buckets have been placed every few meters and this has greatly reduced the amount of garbage. Additionally there are a number of persons on the ground, dressed in yellow, who would pick up litter from the ground.

Belmopan City is being kept clean through hard work and ensuring that active measures are in place to avoid litter. At the Belmopan Civic Center, market days are uniquely both on Tuesdays and Fridays of every week from 6:00 a.m to 6:00 p.m and crews and equipment are in place to get rid of the garbage immediately thereafter.

“You will find it’s a hectic situation after market day finishes that is why we have a crew out there, we provide a trailer out there, pieces of carrots and cabbage into trailer, this crew ensures that area is cleaned as it is at the center of Belmopan,” says the Simmons.