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Volunteers line highway for Green Belize

By Alexis R. Milan, Staff Reporter

Volunteers from various organizations joined the Department of the Environment (DOE) on Saturday morning for the second annual Green Belize clean-up activity.

Seli Cho, environmental officer at the DOE and organizer of the clean-up said the DOE was pleased with the turnout of volunteers that participated.

According to Cho, volunteers included participants from the not only the DOE and the Belize Audubon Society but also the police department, the Belize Coast Guard, Belize Scouts, police cadets, the Belize Bank, First Caribbean, the Inter American Development Bank and a host of schools just to name a few.

Chief Environmental Officer of the DOE Martin Alegria said the significance of the event is to sensitize the public about the harms of littering and giving them an opportunity to participate in the cleaning of their surroundings.

Alegria said the bottom line is trying to make Belize a cleaner place because litter has negative impacts on the country in several ways, environmentally and economically. According to Alegria, the DOE plans to hold this event annually as long as funding is available.

All garbage collected from between Belize City and Belmopan will be taken to the sanitary land fill at mile 24 and all garbage from Belmopan to Riverwalk will be taken to the Belmopan dumpsite.

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