Whilst living in Belize is often thought of as paradise, Ambergris Caye has one problem; garbage. Â Over the past few years the rising amount of rubbish has been an increasing problem for San Pedro Town Council (SPTC). Â Now the SPTC is taking action to clear the island of the unsightly waste and return the region to its former glory.
ItÂs been revealed that SPTC is going to tackle the garbage with increasing aggression. Â As part of its reduction plan, the town council has implemented several new regulations for businesses and households in regards to waste disposal. Â In addition, the SPTC is actively taking part in several clean-up operations across San Pedro to promote the importance of sanitation, health and garbage disposal.
One of the town councilÂs initiatives is the safe removal of old appliances from homeownersÂ yards. Â In addition, the authority is looking to remove large amounts of trash and branches that may have accumulated outside peopleÂs houses, creating a breeding ground for bacteria and pests. Â So far, the SPTC has collected waste from San Juan, San Pablo, the Town Core, north of the bridge and Boca del Rio. Â Having made a great improvement in the cleanliness of the areas, the council will be moving onto southern parts of the island over the coming weeks. Â As a result, residents are asked to clear their yards of unwanted trash to make the collection process a little easier.
However, it isnÂt only the town council making an effort to clean Ambergris Caye, with residents also taking time to reduce waste. Â John Greer, along with a hardworking team of cleaners, set about cleaning up one stretch of coastline. Â Working along the beach, Mr. Greer and his team picked up garbage from Robles Point to El Secreto Resort. Â Between 30 and 35 tons of garbage were collected, with Daniel Guerrero, Mayor of San Pedro Town, presenting Mr. Greer with an award of recognition.
Kenrick Brackett, SPTCÂs councilor of Waste Management, said: ÂSPTC is trying to do their very best to keep San Pedro clean. Â We are asking the business community and residents to come on out and help clean up our beaches. Â We are working hard to clean up the island, but we cannot do it alone, we need the support and assistance of the people.Â