Taskforce presents litter abatement recommendations to governor

File photo from Love the Boot week

The Statewide Litter Abatement & Beautification Task Force will present its recommendations and action plans to clean up Louisiana to Governor John Bel Edwards today.

“We will proceed immediately with some of the action items being recommended in the report. As we expand our efforts to clean up Louisiana, we were very encouraged by the more than 300 groups around the state during Love the Boot Week that pitched in to pick up litter. The passion is definitely there. Now, we need to harness that passion and channel it into our future efforts,” said Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser, Chairman of the Statewide Litter Abatement and Beautification Task Force. 

Nungesser noted that discussions are set to begin on recommending litter laws in the next legislative session and requesting that municipalities adopt consistent litter fines throughout the state. 

“The additional $3.5 million in funding the legislature provided this year will help with education, prevention, grants, and cleanup efforts that should put us on our way. I’m encouraged by the team effort of this committee and everyone’s passion to clean up our great state,” added Nungesser. 

Edwards has declared every fourth Saturday of each month in 2022 as a Community Litter Action Day. However, if individuals cannot participate then, they are encouraged to choose another day to pick up litter in the community.   

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