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‘A clean city impacts everyone’: Citywide cleanup to unite Shreveport in picking up trash

Shreveport Mayor Adrian Perkins says the annual cleanup is a chance for residents show a sense of pride and support for their neighborhoods
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Published: Oct. 21, 2021 at 6:02 AM CDT
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SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) - Hundreds of people across Shreveport will converge on high-traffic areas to make the city cleaner, while inspiring a sense of hope at the same time.

The annual Love Shreveport Citywide Cleanup returns Saturday, Oct. 23. Groups of volunteers will pick up trash from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.

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Donna Curtis, executive director of Shreveport Green, a non-profit dedicated to keeping Shreveport environmentally conscious, says keeping trash across the city has a ripple effect, impacting the crime rate and deterring any potential economic development.

“Litter and an unclean community is so detrimental,” Curtis explained. “If you’ve got a lot of litter, it says people in that area don’t care and nobody is watching.”

Perhaps most importantly, Curtis believes a clean city promotes a sense of optimism in the community and benefits the collective mental health of Shreveport.

“We’re doing something right, we’re doing something that has a good outcome that impacts everybody,” Curtis said. “A clean city affects everyone, from the child walking to school to the people coming to found a new business.”

Shreveport Mayor Adrian Perkins says the annual cleanup is a chance for residents to show a sense of pride and support for their neighborhoods.

“We have to make sure citizens are not only not littering and doing illegal dumping, but citizens have that same pride in themselves and are cleaning up streets,” Perkins said.

The mayor noted that city streets replete with trash, debris, and litter is an issue his administration constantly combats.

“Frustrating is an understatement,” he said. “I have way too much pride in our city to see the way some of our roads and neighborhoods look in this city.”

Ultimately, both Curtis and Perkins are confident that keeping Shreveport clean is an effort that residents need to keep top of mind daily, not just biannually during scheduled cleanups.

“It is an individual responsibility and it starts there, it starts with them,” said Curtis. “That’s the hardest thing, getting people to change their habits.”

Curtis offered some solutions for residents working to keep the city a bit cleaner on a daily basis, including carrying a trash bag in their vehicle, covering truck beds, grabbing litter when walking a pet, and correctly disposing of trash in garbage bags.

Teams participating in the cleanup can bring their collected trash to the Fair Grounds from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. The trash disposal area will be between the baseball stadium and I-20. New this year, the city will be tracking teams’ progress with an app. The mayor’s office says more than two dozen teams have signed up, including multiple teams with city government.

DETAILS

  • Mayor Adrian Perkins and his team will be cleaning up the area in Mooretown surrounding the Shreveport Regional Airport
  • The Shreveport Police Department will have more than 60 officers and family members focusing their efforts in Cedar Grove between Linwood and St. Vincent including the blocks from 70th to 84th
  • The Department of Property Standards will be addressing illegal dump sites citywide
  • The Department of Community Development is targeting its cleanup day in the Ledbetter Heights neighborhood
  • Acting U.S. Attorney Alexander Van Hook is organizing a team that will be cleaning up around I-49 and Pierremont/Hollywood

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