15th annual St. Charles Parish Trash Bash draws 900 volunteers

Published 2:40 pm Saturday, April 29, 2023

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HAHNVILLE On Earth Day, Saturday, April 22, St. Charles Parish hosted its 15th annual Trash Bash in conjunction with Love the Boot Week, Louisiana’s largest litter cleanup effort organized by Keep Louisiana Beautiful April 17-23. More than 900 volunteers collected 350 bags of litter and nearly 25 bags of recyclables, accumulating more than 1,170 hours of work.

This year’s Trash Bash was the largest turnout, with more than 50 groups from across the parish, including local schools, industry partners, clubs, organizations and more. These teams joined forces to clean up more than 70 miles of St. Charles Parish before returning to the Edward A. Dufresne Community Center to celebrate the day’s accomplishments.

“We aligned Trash Bash to coincide with Keep Louisiana Beautiful’s Love the Boot Week this year to emphasize our mission of keeping our communities clean and free of litter,” President Matthew Jewell said. “We nearly doubled our participation from last year’s event, and I want to thank everyone who came out to volunteer, from our residents to our industrial partners. Our residents always come out to help and make our community a better place, which really makes St. Charles Parish a special place.”

“We are thankful to the Louisiana businesses, governments, schools, families, and individuals who participated in Love the Boot Week,” says Susan Russell, Executive Director of Keep Louisiana Beautiful. “This event not only helps to improve communities, but it also brings awareness to our state’s litter problem. Only when we work together and change our behaviors will Louisiana see a reduction in litter.”

In May, Keep Louisiana Beautiful will release an outcomes report summarizing the collective impact of the registered cleanup and beautification events. This report will include the total number of events, volunteers, bags of trash collected, pounds of trash collected, and other relevant statistics. The report will be available at www.keeplouisianabeautiful.org.

Sponsors of Love the Boot Week include the Office of the Lieutenant Governor, Lamar Advertising, The Coca-Cola Company, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana, Cox Communications, The Crawfish App, Alexandria and Pineville Convention and Visitors Bureau, Louisiana Restaurant Association, Texas Brine Company, and Winn-Dixie.

For more information about Love the Boot Week, visit www.lovetheboot.org. or contact info@keeplouisianabeautiful.org.
Keep Louisiana Beautiful is an anti‐litter and community improvement non-profit organization focused on achieving a clean and beautiful Louisiana through education, enforcement, public awareness, and community engagement. Keep Louisiana Beautiful is affiliated with Keep America Beautiful and is comprised of a statewide network of 40 Community Affiliates and seven University Affiliates. Learn more at www.keeplouisianabeautiful.org.