Chilly weather didn’t stop 18 teams of volunteers from meeting at locations throughout Livingston Parish on Saturday morning for the Livingston Parish Chamber’s Litter Free Lp Fest. Ahead of the Litter Free Lp Fest, Parish President signed a proclamation naming Nov. 16 Litter Free Lp Day.
The Litter Free Lp Fest is a part of the Chamber’s Litter Free Lp Initiative and aimed to raise awareness in Livingston Parish about the litter problem and motivate the community to solve it. From 8 am to 10 am more than 200 bags of trash were picked up from the streets and communities of Livingston Parish.
Litter Initiative Chair, John Blount, thanked everyone who participated, “This is caring for your community. You all gave up a few hours on a Saturday morning and did something good for your community.”
In addition to cleaning Livingston Parish communities, Blount explained that the Litter Free Lp Fest is also raising awareness about litter in Livingston Parish and how people can help. “Someone asked me why we needed to have an event and have our picture taken to clean litter. Why didn’t we just clean it anyway? You absolutely can, but I want other people thinking about it and jumping on board too.”
The Livingston Parish Chamber hosted the Litter Free Lp volunteers at Walk-On’s to celebrate their accomplishments. At the party, more than 40 additional signatures were collected for the Litter Free Lp Pledge, where residents, organizations and businesses pledge not to litter and acknowledge litter as a significant issue. Awards were also given at the party for most trash bagged by a single team, and best team name. The Kinchen Group in Albany received the award for most trash bagged with just over 50 bags, and an armchair picked up. The “Trashmanian Devils,” and “Walktown Litter Warriors” tied for the best team name.
“Bringing people together for collective problem solving is in our DNA at the chamber. Our business leaders, community leaders and grassroots advocates have been looking for a way to take action on the litter and drainage problems in the parish. The Litter Free Lp initiative makes that possible. We have gained traction from the first pick up and see this growing. Between pick-up days, we continue to research best practices, enforcement, activity and general awareness of the impact of litter on our parish,” said Chamber of Commerce President & CEO, April Wehrs.
Information about the Litter Free Lp initiative and the Litter Free Lp Pledge are available on the Chamber’s website at www.livingstonparishchamber.org.
About the Chamber: The Livingston Parish Chamber of Commerce is the largest and longest-standing business organization in Livingston Parish. We represent the business community and coordinate community initiatives and programs which make Livingston Parish better. The Chamber is a 501C6 nonprofit association serving Livingston Parish and each of its municipalities and communities.