Ongoing Ambergris Caye Clean-up Campaign
Please help keep the ball rolling that was recently started by the Belize Tourism Industry Association San Pedro Chapter started with the assistance of American Crocodile Education Sanctuary (ACES), Oceana Belize and San Pedro Town Council. Over four-day massive Ambergris Caye clean-up campaign, over 150 volunteers collected more than 900 bags of trash and 744 square yards of garbage. A total of 151 vehicle/truckloads delivering both bagged and loose garbage to the Transfer Station, located south of Ambergris Caye – Source: San Pedro Sun News Paper.
It took an incredible amount of supplies and manpower to do this job and we are nowhere near done making Ambergris Caye Green and Clean. Thank you for supporting our lovely island with a donation, we have secure storage lined up. Please watch the tacogirl Dark Side of Ambergris Caye Directors cut full version to see why this is such a worthwhile cause to support.
By using links on this page (no matter what you buy in the end) you are also supporting my blog and helping me to keep giving you more of all things Belize. So remember whenever you shop on Amazon please do it via tacogirl.com. It is greatly appreciated.
Easy Donation Drop Off Downtown San Pedro
I have arranged for an easy drop off at your convenience. 12 Belize Lifestyle Boutique in downtown San Pedro on Tarpon Street is willing to accept donations. Store hours 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM Call 670-5272. The shop is a stone throw away from both San Pedro Airports and located in the very purple two-story Linda Plaza above Seaduced by Belize which is listed on Google maps.
Taking out the Trash on Ambergris Caye
One of our biggest issues was flimsy trash bags that ripped and there were nowhere near enough. We kept running out. Here are a few examples I chose but if you know of a good brand or feel like looking for other options please feel free to click any of the links below and comparison shop. Remember to use ACES in the Amazon Smile program.
High density, heavy-duty black garbage bags with 55 to 60 Gallon capacity. 150 count is $47.49 and they have an extra 5% off coupon happening right now.
High-density clear garbage bags with 40 to 45 Gallon capacity. Cost $52.24 and currently, an extra 5% off coupon is available on this item.
Ampack heavy duty trash bags 55 Gallon 100 Count Black Made in the USA. from 100% US Recycled materials. No Calcium Carbonate. Cost $38.88 for 100 bags, 10 coreless rolls of 10 bags each per box.
More Sturdy Gloves Please
Calling in an order or a few1000 of more sturdy gloves. Because of the size of the job, we could not keep up with glove supply. The demand came between new people showing up to help and hazardous material blowouts sending them to the glove graveyard. Here are several options to choose from.
Jorestech palm dipped latex coated seamless knit work gloves (Extra Large) $19.99 12 pack.
MaxiFlex Ultimate 34-874/L Seamless breathable knit nylon lycra glove with full hand nitrile coated micro-foam grip – 12 Pack $65.00.
MaxiFlex nitrile micro-foam grip breathable gloves. Size-XL 12 Pairs for $65.00.
Kaygo nylon lite polyurethane safety work gloves, gray polyurethane coated, knit wrist cuff, $20.98 12 pack.
Size large, $25.99 for 12 Pair, Diesel protection extreme duty gloves.
Balaclava UV Protection
Many of the guys were wearing t-shirts on their heads and or around their mouth and nose area for sun protection and to avoid the stench of years old garbage. After seeing this I decided that the most generic dust sun options are needed. However, if you feel to search and find funky fishing balaclavas and build a stash of those to protect the hard-working trash guys feel free. There are many fun funky fishing neck gaiters and cool looking fishing face masks too. They also come in handy for personal sun protection if you plan to do any tours where you are on the water or out in the sun for a while.
Balaclava UV protection face masks $11.99 for a 3 pack. These full face masks are ideal for sun and stinky air protection. Breathability, absorbency, wicking, durability and abrasion resistance. Can be worn a few ways.
Thindust Summer two pack $13.99 dust sun UV protection face and neck gaiter.
ANSI First Aid Kits
Due to the fact that many of the cleanup crew were barefoot, wearing flip flops or slides, there were some injuries. First aid kits are an important part of ongoing Ambergris Caye Clean Up.
Hard Case First Aid Kit 326 Pieces $34.99 Exceeds OSHA and ANSI Guidelines and is good for 100 People.
Leonard 50 Person First Aid Kit, Class B, Type 3 ANSI. For a broader range and quantity of supplies to deal with more complex injuries or high-risk environments.
First Aid kit 291 piece bag $24.95. Packed with hospital grade medical supplies for emergency and survival situations.
Larger Items and Shipping to Belize
For those who want to help but are not planning a trip or want to donate an item that will not fit on your luggage, stay tuned, a shipping option for larger items needed is being worked out immediately with Belize Freight. It will consist of items such as rakes, pitchforks and trash grabbers as well as bulk size options for a couple of the items listed above.
Battery Recycling in Belize
I purchased an item because it was clear to me that there needed some sort of battery recycling in Belize. After putting out a call for dead batteries I found that people had been stockpiling them but never knew what to do with their growing pile. Or the other side of the coin, those that would toss them in the garbage and cringe wishing there was a better option than putting hazardous materials into the ground.
Please consider donating a container to be placed countrywide and help us keep poisonous batteries out of the ground.
5 quarts was the size I bought to place at 3 Ambergris Caye hardware stores, though as you can see from the left side pics for all 3 sizes, this item was so needed as I have already collected over 60 lbs of batteries since January 2018. These batteries will get properly packaged then barged to the mainland, put in a blue barrel, get concreted and then be placed in a hazardous waste cell at Mile 24 on the mainland.
5-quart battery recycling container
• Compact design ideal for office or counter-top placement.
• Decals help to encourage users.
• Removable screw top for easy access with strong, comfortable, top and bottom handles make for easy carrying and removal.
• Clear, thick, long-lasting polycarbonate body.
• Funnel opening keeps hazardous materials contained with less potential for spillage should it accidentally get knocked over.
• Cushioned inside rubber base protects the contents and reduces dropping noise.
10-quart battery recycling container
• This mid-size model works for many places without taking up too much space.
• Well, designed top and bottom handles for transport and screw top for easy contents removal.
• The sturdy polycarbonate body is transparent for battery display.
• The funnel-shaped opening keeps batteries contained should it accidentally be knocked over.
• Cushioned rubber internal base helps contain hazards and reduces noise by softening the battery landing.
15-quart battery recycling container
- Larger size 15Q Battery household battery recycling bin provides a safe hazard disposal solution that is suitable for busy environments where battery waste accumulates quickly.
- Transparent, thick polycarbonate body displays hazardous contents without weakening the structure.
- Funnel top lid with a narrow opening which allows small battery deposits while minimizing the risk of other unwanted waste being deposited by accident.
- Cushioned rubber internal base reduces noise by softening the landing and helps contain hazardous materials.