In recent efforts to beautify Westwego’s historic Farmers and Fisheries Market, Keep Jefferson Parish Beautiful has stationed five new trash cans to replace old, broken, and unsightly receptacles. The new bins were funded through the Trash Receptacle Mini Grant Program sponsored by Keep Louisiana Beautiful, the State’s premier anti-litter and community improvement organization. The grant proposal, written on behalf of Keep Jefferson Parish Beautiful by the Jefferson Parish Department of Environmental Affairs, was used to supply infrastructure to promote litter abatement at the Farmer’s Market while also replacing blighted bins in the area.
The Trash Receptacle Mini Grant Program was developed to increase the number of trash receptacles in Keep Louisiana Beautiful affiliate communities. The program assists Keep Louisiana Beautiful affiliates by providing attractive, durable, and high-quality trash receptacles. Littering rates decrease as the convenience of using a proper receptacle increases.
“By increasing the number of receptacles available, littering can be greatly reduced. This was the basis of Keep Louisiana Beautiful creating a new grant to fund trash receptacles placed in public spaces. We are thrilled to fund local initiatives and support those who are working for a cleaner and more beautiful Louisiana through all of our grant opportunities,” said Susan Russell, Executive Director of Keep Louisiana Beautiful.
The Westwego’s Farmer’s Market was selected for the grant due to its cultural and community importance. Brenda Rogers, Westwego resident, helped to secure this location through her dedicated service as a Keep Jefferson Parish Beautiful Board member, working closely with the city’s new Mayor.
“On behalf of the city of Westwego, I would like to thank Keep Louisiana Beautiful for its commitment to improve litter abatement infrastructure here in our city,” says Westwego Mayor Joe Peoples. “The work of Keep Louisiana Beautiful has contributed to making Westwego a cleaner, greener city.”
Since 2004, Keep Louisiana Beautiful has awarded over $2.7 million in grants to local communities in the areas of litter abatement, waste reduction, recycling, and environmental education. Keep Jefferson Parish Beautiful is excited to bring this grant to Westwego residents and their community space.
About Keep Jefferson Parish Beautiful
Keep Jefferson Parish Beautiful (KJPB) is an affiliate of the national Keep America Beautiful organization, the nation’s leading nonprofit that brings people together to build and sustain vibrant communities. KJPB operates exclusively for educational and charitable purposes within the definition of the Jefferson Parish Charter and engages individuals and organizations within Jefferson Parish to take greater responsibility for improving their environment and quality of life.
About Keep Louisiana Beautiful
Keep Louisiana Beautiful, Inc. is the state’s anti-litter and community improvement organization focused on education, enforcement, awareness and cleanups. Affiliated with Keep America Beautiful, Keep Louisiana Beautiful’s mission is to promote personal, corporate and community responsibility for a clean and beautiful Louisiana. With a network of 40 affiliates in communities throughout the state, over 35,000 volunteers work toward a clean and beautiful Louisiana.