Keep Slidell Beautiful, Slidell, LA
Leaders Against Litter
KSB participated in a Statewide Keep Louisiana Beautiful event called “Leaders Against Litter.” The one-hour statewide event was held to engage local leaders and heighten awareness and confront the litter problem in Louisiana. The event started at the local level and “handed off” to the next community, weaving its way through the entire state, ending on the steps of the State Capitol where a press conference was held announcing the communities involved and amount of litter collected.
KSB had a great showing with 52 Local Parish and City elected officials, business leaders, civic leaders, church leaders and school leaders participating in the event one day before the GAC. In one hour volunteers collected 27 bags of trash and 3,752 cigarette butts. Elected Leaders included the Parish President, Mayor, Police Chief, 5 City Council Members, Fire Chief, and School Board Superintendent. Leaders used “gold” litter grabbers and wore gold t-shirts, and everyone signed our huge Pledge Board – pledging support for a litter-free Louisiana.
The message worked! The Louisiana State Legislature passed a bill last week to add “cigarette butts” to the definition of litter and increased the fines for throwing out butts.