Posted: Friday, October 13, 2017. 1:16 p.m. CST.
By Zoila Palma: Last year, the Department of the Environment (DOE), in conjunction with the Belize Solid Waste Management Authority and the Belize Audubon Society, carried out a ‘Walk For A Green Belize’ initiative.
Walk For A Green Belize is a clean-up activity conducted by numerous organizations, students, activists, both government and non-government agencies, and the general public.
Last year, the activity resulted in the collection of 785 (33 to 55 gallon-sized) bags of trash yielding a weight of approximately 9,806.56 pounds of garbage!
As we are celebrating 25 Years of Environmental Sustainability, the three entities are once again collaborating on the “Walk For A Green Belize” cleanup. This event is aimed at building awareness and sustaining a culture of an environmentally friendly and conscious Belize!
This year, the “Walk For A Green Belize” will be held tomorrow along the entire George Price Highway encompassing a total of 77 miles of roadway.
It will begin at 7:00 a.m. and is expected to conclude by 11:00 am. In order to ensure the safety of the volunteers cleaning up both sides of the highway from Benque Viejo del Carmen to Belize City, the Police Department, Department of Transport and City Traffic will be mobilized along the George Price Highway to caution drivers to drive with extreme care.
The DOE would like to remind motorists, passengers and the general public travelling along Belize’s roadways that littering is a violation of our laws for which a ticket can be issued and carry a fine of $100.00 for a person and $500 for a company.
Littering creates a huge environmental challenge in terms of land and water contamination and impacts to wildlife and landscape aesthetics.
DOE is inviting all interested persons to join the important effort.
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