The Belize City Council is planning a major cleanup this weekend on select streets on the northside. It's an ongoing campaign to get rid of junk in a city which can sometimes seems to be choking on the filth and discarded refuse seen in abandoned lots.
Councillor Jason Edwards told us what's involved - and what he wants residents of Kelly Street, Wilson Street, Hunters Lance, Baymen Avenue, Matron Robert Street, Calle Al Mar, and Simon Lamb Street to bring out.
Jason Edwards, City Councillor
"The clean-up campaign started approximately two years ago. What prompted us, the Belize City Council and the Ministry of Health, to do this was because we had cases of Dengue popping up throughout Belize City. With that said and done, I brought it to my fellow colleagues and the Mayor. We came up with a plan to do a continuous campaign throughout the City. Since then, we have completed clean up campaigns at approximately 90 streets throughout Belize City which involves both the South Side and the North Side. We have taken out over 190 truckloads of debris out of Belize City. This clean-up campaign is not just a regular clean-up campaign. Whenever we go through different streets, residents have the opportunity to bring out everything that they don't want which includes refrigerators, beds, furniture, whatever it is that's taking up space in your yard unnecessarily, we take it out for you. This is something that we want to continue doing and at the same time while we're doing the clean-up campaign, the ministry of health joins us. They also treat the drains and do the rat poisoning along with us. We get to kill three birds with one stone. Last year we did approximately six different clean up campaigns. This is the first one for this year, so we have done a lot. We have covered North and South Side of Belize City."
Again, this weekend's efforts are focused on the following Northside streets: Kelly Street, Wilson Street, Hunters Lance, Baymen Avenue, Matron Robert Street, Calle Al Mar, and Simon Lamb Street.