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EBR officials aim to reduce litter throughout parish with increased enforcement, citations

1 month 1 week 1 day ago Tuesday, January 19 2021 Jan 19, 2021 January 19, 2021 8:44 PM January 19, 2021 in News
Source: WBRZ

BATON ROUGE - Residents, tired of seeing blight and litter in the East Baton Rouge Parish area, are eager to see officials take steps towards addressing the problem. 

One local said each time she stopped at a red light, her blood pressure would rise when she saw litter lined up alongside the road.

“I kept seeing the filth in our city at intersections. The cigarette butts that were going into our water supply, and just the filth that nobody wanted to clean up," Jennifer Richardson said.

Richardson decided to do something about the issue. She and a group of friends spent three and a half hours last weekend picking up trash all around the Baton Rouge Country Club.

“We collected over 40 bags of trash. A lot of plastic, fast food, cigarette butts," Resident Brenda Palmer said.

An unsightly problem that plagues a lot of East Baton Rouge Parish. One that the mayor has made a priority in her second term.

During a conference with BRAC this afternoon, Mayor-president Sharon Weston Broome said she intends to tackle the issue by working with police and judges to increase enforcement and citations.

Broome explained her plans will focus especially on clearing out blight and cleaning up litter along interstates and intersections.

The city has also obtained three street sweepers and plans on working with DOTD to continue cleaning up roadways.

The plan seemed like a good idea to locals such as Richardson.

But they're eager to see it actually happen.

Richardson alluded to this, saying, “I am delighted and all I want to say to the mayor is put your money where your mouth is and let's see it really happen.”

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