SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - Shreveport police are conducting a week long litter abatement initiative called Operation Keep It Classy.
The operation was originally scheduled for Monday, April 18 to Friday, April 22, but was postponed due to weather. A new date has not been set as of yet.
During the program, officers will be looking for:
- Anyone who discards any trash or debris on public or private property.
- Motorists who intentionally discard litter, such as cigarette butts, on any city street or highway.
- Motorist who hauls any uncovered trash or debris that could spill or drop onto public roadways creating a hazard for other drivers.
- Anyone who intentionally sweeps or blows debris such as leaves, yard clippings or trash onto the roadway which leads to clogged storm drains and flooding.
Police say litter costs taxpayers $40 million annually and takes time to biodegrade, especially plastic that can take up to 20 years. Cigarette butts are dangerous to wildlife and have started fires causing damage to property, according to police. Litter also reportedly has an indirect cost including real estate devaluation, loss of new industry and business as well as loss of tourism.
Police say people can help by cleaning out truck beds and not throwing trash out of vehicles. They recommend carrying a litter-bag in vehicles to help dispose of litter properly. Also, securely cover any truck bed or trailer with a tarp when transporting any dirt, rubbish, waste or any type of debris to prevent spillage onto roadways.
Resources to use are:
- Shreveport Police Department (318) 673-6950 or (318) 673-BLUE to report any Illegal Dumping, Littering or Debris spilling from a vehicle onto any roadway.
- Office of Solid Waste (318) 673-6300, who pick up solid waste or bulk items or if you need a trash or recycling container.
- Shreveport Green (318) 219-1888 ext.12, who will collect hazardous waste materials from households.