Full Circle Belize: Addressing Plastic Waste and COVID19 in Belmopan and Surroundings
Full Circle Belize: Addressing Plastic Waste and COVID19 in Belmopan and Surroundings
The proposal's main components (community outreach, plastic collection, plastic transformation, and youth
capacity-building) will be implemented in close collaboration with businesses, schools, community groups, and
government offices. The project will target - with face-to-face activities - residents in Belmopan city and surrounding villages. In parallel, in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, the use of face masks, physical distancing, and proper cleaning protocols - is still deficient at markets, businesses, health posts, places of worship, and other high-traffic-locations in rural and underserved areas. will mobilize 5,000 residents to protect the environment by recycling plastic waste, purchasing ecofriendlier products, and adopting more sustainable habits. The catalogue of products created will vary according to the public's demand and increase complexity as the production team's skills develop over time; it will include decorative items, personal accessories, furniture, and face shields for Personal Protective Equipment/PPE. The project will train and eventually hire 5 to 15 local youths, ages 18 to 35, to operate and manage the project's ongoing work to accomplish these goals.
 

Project Snapshot

Grantee:
Humana People to People Belize
Country:
Belize
Area Of Work:
Chemicals
Grant Amount:
US$ 50,000.00
Co-Financing Cash:
US$ 47,250.00
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 24,700.00
Project Number:
BZE/SGP/OP7/Y2/CORE/2021/08
Status:
Currently under execution
Project Characteristics and Results
Gender Focus
During project design, different stakeholders have been interviewed to consider their perspectives and needs. They include Representatives of Village Councils, business owners, the Belize Solid Waste Management Authority, a marine biologist, and other Precious Plastic initiatives in Mexico, Guatemala, Australia, and the USA. On project initiation, the implementation team will continue to consult with more stakeholders, including families, schools, all Village Councils in the participating communities, and the Department of Environment to foster community engagement and improve project design and planning. During project implementation, several stores, hotels, and restaurants in the targeted communities will partner with HPPBZ to place collection bins at their premises, involve their staff in different community outreach activities, create custom-made marketing and decorative products, and/or resell the venture's products. The organization will also partner with local NGOs and community groups – so that the plastic collected from their activities is not sent to the dumpsite or burned but redirected to the project's workspace. From the Ministry of Education, the Department of Youth Services will assist the project team in soft skills development training (Leadership, Customer Service, Management Skills, Advocacy, among others). HPPBZ will seek to collaborate with the Department of Environment to inform communities and distribute information materials related to the Department's ban on single-use plastic and Styrofoam products. When public schools resume face-to-face classes, the project will include student groups in community outreach activities, place collection bins at the school 5 premises, and encourage students to bring plastic waste from home. Over the years, HPPBZ has held excellent working relationships with personnel from both Ministries and local authorities. The organization is currently collaborating with them on different projects in 43 communities in southern Belize. The project has endorsement letters from the following key project partners: the Department of Environment, the Belmopan City Council, Socialab, Placencia Village Council, and ReefKeeper Belize; the letters can be found in ANNEX 4. Throughout the project, HPPBZ will meet periodically with local leaders and key stakeholders to monitor and evaluate the project. And, it will implement three participatory surveys to assess changes in Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practices from residents in the targeted communities.
Notable Community Participation
The project will involve youths at all levels of project implementation including involving youth group to best capture the knowledge, lessons learned and good practices gained through its implementation. With hands-on training on intrepreneurial and vocational skills to vulnerable youths, ages 18 to 35, will be an integral part of the project as they learn to set up and manage the workspace and community outreach activities previously mentioned.

Grantee Contact

Ms. Susanne Jensen
Phone: 610-0094
Email: susanne.j@humana-belize.org>
 

Address

Monkey River Road km 6.5
Toledo District ,

SGP Country office contact

Mr. Leonel Requena
Phone:
(501) 822-2462
Email:

Address

UNDP Belize,3rd Floor, Lawrence Nicholas Building Complex ,P.O. Box 53,South Ring Road,
Belmopan, Central America