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Posted: Friday, December 13, 2019. 5:59 pm CST.

By BBN Staff:  This Christmas season, various schools have participated in projects aimed at improving the environment, through creating Christmas trees 
made from recycled materials.

In the Orange Walk district, a total of seven schools teamed up with the Orange Walk Town Council, businesses in Orange Walk Town and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) for a recycled Christmas tree competition which was held yesterday. Trial Farm Government School topped that competition with a total score of 461 points out of a 500. Second and third places went to La Inmaculada R.C. School with 445 points and Solomon’s S.D.A. School with 408 points respectively.

Similarly, schools in the Toledo district partnered with the Punta Gorda Town Council, Oceana Belize, JICA and several private sector partners to hold a recycled Christmas tree competition on December 9th.

That competition took place at the Punta Gorda Sports Complex with both the Julian Cho Technical High School and the Toledo Community College participating. Ultimately, Toledo Community College emerged as this year’s winner.

The initiatives not only emphasize the amount of recyclable trash that goes into communities but also highlights how effective such initiatives can be once communities come together for a common cause. Organizations such as Oceana Belize have been sounding the call for years on the importance of reducing the amount of waste, particularly plastic waste that goes into the environment, going as far as to design a carnival float made from trash in 2016.

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