The amount of garbage along BelizeÂs beaches has dominated news of late, with many people wanting to take action. Â After several schemes to pick up debris and restore the coast to its former beauty, the San Pedro Town Council (SPTC) has celebrated a successful series of events.
For those living in San Pedro Town, the amount of garbage along the beach has been evident for all to see, with much of it being marine garbage that has been washed up on the shore. Â Many clean-up events have been held over the past few weeks, and on November 2nd, the SPTC held their biggest yet, with people starting in Central Park and clearing garbage all the way to the stretch of sandy shore by Victoria House Resort. Â With many enthusiastic environmentalists turning up for the event, clearing got underway at 6am, giving participants the entire day to pick up every piece of garbage they could find.
Kenrick Brackett, the councilor in charge of Waste Management and Traffic, said that there was a great turnout for the event, with around 30 bags of garbage being collected throughout the day. Â Despite a cold start, everyone quickly warmed up and set about restoring San Pedro TownÂs beautiful coastline. Â ÂEveryone that came out to help did their part in cleaning up. Â We had volunteers from several businesses as well. Â Cleaning up our beaches is an important task because it is a major aspect of our tourism industry. Â But we want to keep the beaches clean and inviting, not only for tourists, but for our local residents as well,Â Mr. Brackett added.
After the successful clean-up on November 2nd, another team took to the beaches of Ambergris Caye on November 3rd and 4th to cover a mile-long stretch of coast. Â The patch is part of the Bacalar Chico Marine Reserve and National Park, and was in dire need of cleaning.
Having enjoyed several successful days of clearing up, the SPTC have asked residents to take care when disposing of their garbage. Â Plastic bags and other items are increasingly becoming a danger to marine life, with creatures, such as sea turtles, mistaking garbage for food. Â This can result in fatalities for much of the oceanÂs creatures, impacting upon the very thing that draws many diving tourists to Belize.