According to Wayne Miller, Chairman of Caye Caulker Village, the garbage started washing up late on Wednesday evening. “This morning when we woke up it was worse – very disastrous. From one point of the island to the other and even the back part of the beach is filled with garbage,” he explained. Miller added “The debris, to me comes from a compact garbage source because they are mostly shredded. We know some of the items are bottles and other stuff but they are mostly shredded.”
It is uncertain at this time where the debris originated from but residents are contributing it to one of two sources; cruise ship traffic a few
Similarly concerned is Miller who explained the island is fully dependent on tourism and because the island’s beaches are filled with garbage, it is leaving a bad taste for tourism. “It is an ugly sight for anyone who is on the beach. Looking at the best of a bad situation, it is slow season and the island is not as filled with tourists but none the less it is an inconvenience.”
Miller said that the Belize Tourism Board was notified and they are planning to pool resources to assist in cleaning up efforts over the weekend. In addition, with the help of Oceana in Belize, a cleanup activity was already in plan as part of International Coastal Cleanup Day.
The Department of the Environment has been notified and late today, Thursday September 26th, they dispatched a team of personnel to investigate the situation. The Caye Caulker Village Council hopes that the authorities have trained expertise to identify the origin of the garbage.