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Politicians, community & business leaders unite to smush litter bugs

4 years 11 months 1 week ago Wednesday, March 11 2015 Mar 11, 2015 March 11, 2015 6:48 AM March 11, 2015 in Community
Source: WBRZ
By: Hunter Robinson

BATON ROUGE - Keep Louisiana Beautiful has removed litter and debris from roadsides, highways and waterways with the help of more than 23,000 volunteers. This weekend, even more people will join in the fight against litter.

"We've invited business leaders, community leaders, (and) elected officials to join us in our fight for a litter-free Louisiana," KLB Executive Director Susan Russell explained this morning on 2une In. "We want to get their pledge to pick-up, stand-up and speak-up."

Louisiana Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne and several state agencies will then join the effort at the state capitol to ask citizens to join them in their clean-up efforts.

"This program, Leaders Against Litter, is trying to and engage folks in all their communities to set the pace," he told News 2's Kylie Dixon. "Go out there and actually pick up the trash and lead by example".

Dardenne believes keeping Louisiana clean and beautiful is important to keep our booming tourism industry, booming.

"It does have an impact on tourism and economic development," he says. "When people come and look at Louisiana, they think about the natural beauty of Sportman's Paradise, but when you see trash on the roadside, trash in the waterways, it's not an impressive look."

There are plenty of ways you can contribute to the cause on a daily basis.

"It begins with each person taking personal responsibility," Russell says. "It's making sure they care for their home, their school, their work, their neighborhood, their community, the roadsides (and) waterways."

Keep Louisiana Beautiful is hosting "Leaders Against Litter" at 22 locations across the state this Friday. Visit their website for a full list of locations. A press conference hosted by Lt. Gov. Dardenne will take place at the Capitol beginning at 2 p.m.

Watch the video for more information.


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