Ascension Parish President Clint Cointment is tired of seeing litter in the ditches and along roadways and is doing something about it. He has organized DPW grass cutting crews to pick up litter during slow periods. “During the winter, grass is cut much less often, or it is too wet to cut,” said Cointment. “Now we are utilizing existing personnel to perform these related duties during off times. Plus, these people know the roadways as well as anyone; they know where the problem areas are.”
Parish crews have been working along Airline Highway (US 61) in Prairieville, starting at Bayou Manchac in the north and working south.
“We are making an extra effort to make and keep Ascension beautiful,” said Cointment. “I ask all of our citizens to help us by disposing of trash properly.”
President Cointment urges residents to call the Citizens Service Center at 225-450-1200 to request services or to report problem areas.
In April, Ascension Parish Government and the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office launched a pilot program to clean up litter in the Parish. Inmate litter crews, supervised by Ascension Parish Sheriff’s deputies and funded by Ascension Parish Government, collected litter and trash along Airline Highway from the East Baton Rouge Parish line to the city limits of Gonzales between April 16th and April 27th.
“We hope that people will see this cleanup effort and think twice about littering in the first place,” said Ascension Parish Sheriff Jeff Wiley
During the ten days, inmate crews cleaned 15.7 miles of highway and picked up 778 bags of trash. That averages to 1.57 miles and 77.8 bags of trash per day.
“In the coming weeks, we hope to forge a long term agreement between our agencies in the great spirit of cooperation we have always shared,” said Ascension Parish President Kenny Matassa. “I ask all parish citizens and visitors keep Ascension beautiful.”
For more information on Keep Ascension Beautiful and the Ascension Recycling Center please view the links below or call: 225-450-1506
Keep Ascension Beautiful, funded by APPD and APG, is an initiative to educate and actively engage community members and business partners in order to promote sustainability and develop, a clean and an environmentally friendly Ascension Parish.
Affiliated with Keep Louisiana Beautiful and Keep America Beautiful
Focus Areas: Education and Awareness, Recycling and Conservation, Litter Control and Enforcement