The other day I published a list of things I would like to do in retirement in Belize. Not a global bucket list, just a local one.
On the list was a wish to organize a volunteer roadside cleanup north of the Sir Barry Bowen Bridge. You see, we have a trash problem.
Actually, a few trash problems.
One is that people simply toss their empty water bottles, beer bottles, baby diapers and Styrofoam containers on the side of the road. Some rather lovely landscape can begin to look pretty shabby pretty quickly.
I threw out the idea of organizing such a cleanup a few weeks ago and got some pretty strong interest, including from San Pedro Deputy Mayor Gary Greif. He was very keen on helping organize such an event.
Shortly after expressing my interest in this blog I saw a small group just north of the bridge picking up roadside trash. The two events were completely unrelated. This group was on a Christian mission from Texas — we get lots of U.S. church-goers on missions to Belize — and landscape beautification was part of their list of goals.
Speaking with a neighbor today I learned that they plan to be out there picking up trash again on Friday.
Great, I told him. Count me in. I offered to rally our neighbors to join us.
Interested? Great! Show up for an hour or two at the Paradise Theater starting at 9 a.m. on Friday. We’ll work our way north, making our neighborhood more beautiful along the way, one discarded Crystal water bottle at a time.
You are encouraged to bring gloves, garbage bags, water, sunscreen, bug repellent and a good sense of humor.
This tiny handful of Texans made a really nice dent in the trash problems north of the bridge — the gateway to Resortlandia (aka northern Ambergris Caye), where first impressions are important.
Imagine if a whole bunch of us showed up and canvassed the area for trash.
See you on the road!