Posted: Wednesday, March 5, 2014. 11:05 pm CST.
JUAN CAAL Reporting: Residents of Boom Creek village in the Toledo district are complaining about uncontrollable dumping of garbage at the entrance to the community.
Residents describe the situation as the conversion of the entrance to a dump site that is very unhealthy and unwelcoming to visitors. One of the residents of Boom Creek, Mr. Valentin Sanchez told Belize Media Group that the dumping of garbage in his village worrisome.
“We have two tourist resorts that are near to the village and the tourists have to pass everyday and smell the bad odor of the garbage,” said Sanchez.
He noted that everything from dead animals to regular household debris are dumped at the entrance to the village.
“It affects us a lot because we walk the road everyday and it is not good for our health and of course for our children,” says Sanchez.
Sanchez and other residents of Boom Creek village are appealing to the Punta Gorda Town Council for help to alleviate the garbage situation because they believe that it is other people who are dumping their garbage in the village.
But so far, the villages say they have not gotten any response from the Town Council.
When Belize Media Group spoke with Mayor Anthony Fuentes, he confirmed that the PG Town Council is aware of the garbage situation in Boom Creek village.
“We are partnering with Public Health personnel to address the matter and find a solution to the problem,” said Mayor Fuentes.
The Mayor said that the Town Council is monitoring the dumping of the garbage in the area at the entrance to Boom Creek village “because it is not a designated area for garbage disposal and it is illegal.”
Mayor Fuentes says that anyone found to be dumping garbage illegally in Boom Creek will face to full legal consequences.
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