Posted: Wednesday, October 25, 2017. 9:12 a.m. CST.
By Zoila Palma: In commemoration of World Environment Day 2017, the Department of the Environment (DOE), the Belize Solid Waste Management Authority (BSWaMA) and the Belize Audubon Society (BAS) conducted the “Walk for a Green Belize” 2017.
The event was held on Saturday, October 14 , 2017 and involved cleaning both sides of the George Price Highway from Belize City to Benque Viejo del Carmen.
An estimated 985 (20 to 55 gallon-sized) bags of trash were collected yielding an estimated weight of 10,800 pounds of garbage!
The Walk For A Green Belize clean-up activity was conducted by over 650 volunteers that included organizations, students, activists, government and non-government agencies, as well as the general public.
The Secretariat for the “Walk for a Green Belize” initiative extends heartfelt gratitude to all the participants and sponsors of the event and they look forward to your support and participation in the “Walk for a Green Belize” 2018.
Organizers had sponsored a friendly competition for all participants for which there were two categories in which a team of volunteers could win.
A prize of $200.00 along with a plaque will be given to the winning teams on Thursday, October 26, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at the DOE as follows.
1.) Belmopan Police Cadets – Largest number of volunteers a team or group brings out;
2.) St. Agnes Anglican School – Largest number of completely filled garbage bags a team collects.
The Department of the Environment (DOE) is reminding motorists, passengers and the general public travelling along Belize’s roadways that littering is a violation of our laws that carrys a ticket fine of $100.00 for a person and $500.00 for a company.
Littering creates a huge environmental challenge in terms of land and water contamination, with negative impacts to wildlife and landscape aesthetics.
Let us keep Belize clean and maintain a healthy environment!
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