JEFFERSON, LA -- Leaders throughout Jefferson Parish are joining Keep Jefferson Parish Beautiful to participate in the third annual “Leaders Against Litter” event Friday, March 10, 2017. Keep Jefferson Parish Beautiful is one of 27 Keep Louisiana Beautiful (KLB) affiliate communities across the state selected to host this statewide “litter-thon.”

Keep Louisiana Beautiful and Volunteer Louisiana have invited hundreds of local elected officials, stakeholders, community leaders, school and church leaders and potential supporters to participate in the Leaders Against Litter event conducted in twenty-seven cities and parishes throughout the state. On March 10th, affiliates will simultaneously conduct a litter cleanup with the help of volunteer community leaders. The goal is to shed some light on the litter problem in Louisiana and to engage leaders in our efforts to make Louisiana litter-free. 

Leaders Against Litter is set to begin at 8:30am at Westwego City Hall located at 1100 Fourth St., Westwego, LA 70094. The group will travel along 4th St. collecting litter using litter grabbers and wearing matching Leaders Against Litter T-shirts. Following the cleanup, the leaders will be asked to sign a pledge to SPEAK UP and spread the word that litter is not acceptable, to PICK UP litter whenever they see it, and to STAND UP and lead the way for a litter-free Louisiana.

Later that day, Keep Louisiana Beautiful and Volunteer Louisiana, will announce the statewide results, along with numbers of pledges signed and bags of trash picked up, at a 2 p.m. press conference at the State Capitol in Baton Rouge.

As a follow-up, Jefferson Parish residents are encouraged to participate in the Great American Clean-Up by attending the Household Hazardous Materials Collection Day on May 13, 2017. The event, which will run from 9:00 AM until noon, is a great opportunity for Jefferson Parish residents to get rid of potentially toxic and hazardous household materials – in a responsible way. It will be held in the parking lot of the Joseph S. Yenni Building, 1221 Elmwood Park Blvd., Jefferson, LA. 

For more information on the annual Leaders Against Litter campaign and the Great American Cleanup event in Jefferson Parish, individuals should contact Michael Lockwood, Director, Jefferson Parish Department of Environmental Affairs, 731-4612.