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Our island has been trashed

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A fresh wave of stinky sargassum has rolled ashore with an extraordinary amount of plastic garbage. Where did it come from?
A fresh wave of stinky sargassum has rolled ashore with an extraordinary amount of plastic garbage. Where did it come from?

Shortly after the torrential storms passed across Ambergris Caye, an invasion of another sort was unleashed upon us: Trash.

Oh I know, we’re always complaining about the volumes of trash on the island but this is different.

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A stretch of Ambergris shore is no longer a sore sight for our eyes

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Susan Barkhouse spends part of her birthday in the field picking up trash with her friends and neighbors. Now that is devotion!
Susan Barkhouse spends part of her birthday in the field picking up trash with her friends and neighbors. Now that is devotion!

Still basking in the glow of a huge effort to clear the roadside of trash just north of the Sir Barry Bridge, only one week later the neighborhood tackled an especially unsightly spot.

About 20 neighbors met at Coco Loco’s Beach Bar Friday afternoon and, armed with bags and gloves, marched north on the trash.

Their objective was the area near the barge landing. Once a deep water pool, separated from the sea only by a rock wall, the area has filled in with putrid sargassum and plastic. Compounding the sea-borne trash, cyclists and walkers frequently tend to dump their drink bottles and snack bags along the trail that runs through the field. Read the rest of this entry »

San Pedro roadside cleanup on Friday morning, just north of Sir Barry’s bridge

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This gentleman was part of a small group from a visiting evangelical community that picked up trash just north of the bridge on Monday. Thank you, folks for your good works. They made a difference.
This gentleman was with a small group from a visiting Christian church community that picked up trash just north of the bridge on Monday. Thank you, folks for your good works. They made a difference.

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. Read the rest of this entry »