Across the country many business and organizations are working together to ‘Go Green’ by switching to biodegradable products in an effort to tackle excessive garbage. Non- biodegradable products like plastics, bottles, Styrofoam, and aluminum accumulate on land and in the ocean, causing harm to the planet’s ecosystem.
Biodegradable products have the ability to break down safely and relatively quickly, by biological means, into raw materials that are naturally absorbed into the environment. These products can be solids biodegrading into the soil (which are also referred to as compostable), or liquids biodegrading into water. Some of the advantages of going green and switching to biodegradable products are, they are renewable products, cause less pollution, non- toxic, easier to recycle, and fuel efficiency.
Until the Government of Belize makes an amendment to the law, any supplier of biodegradable items will be subjected to duty tax for their products. In turn the higher cost of providing these products by businesses may be passed on to the consumer. Businesses and organizations that have made the switch to biodegradable product hope to encourage more businesses and people to go green and make the switch.