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Citizens walk for a Green Belize

By Benjamin Flowers, Staff Reporter

Public servants, community volunteers and concerned citizens gathered on the George Price Highway this weekend for the second “Walk for a Green Belize” cleanup campaign.

At the event, hosted by the Department of the Environment (DOE), in conjunction with the Belize Solid Waste Management Authority and the Belize Audubon Society, participants picked up garbage along both sides of the highway, covering a total of 77 miles.

The hosting organizations explained that the activity was held to mark 25 years of Environmental Sustainability, and to raise awareness about the environmental burden caused by littering.

“Littering creates a huge environmental challenge in terms of land and water contamination and impacts to wildlife and landscape aesthetics,” the DOE said. “The DOE reminds motorists, passengers and the public travelling along Belize’s roadways that littering is a violation of our laws, for which a ticket can be issued and carries a fine of $100 for a person and $500 for a company.”

Last year the three organizations held the first Walk for a Green Belize, collecting a total of 785 (33 to 55 gallon-sized) bags of garbage, yielding a weight of approximately 9,806.56 pounds of garbage. The DOE is expected to release the total amount of garbage collected within the upcoming week.

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