Officials buy equipment to help remove litter

Livingston Parish leaders teamed up to launch a new campaign to keep the parish clean.

The Livingston Parish President’s Office, the Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office, Keep Livingston Beautiful and Livingston Parish tourism officials are behind the parish’s newly created litter control program.

“Livingston Parish is growing so fast. We have new industry leaders wanting to relocate. We have potential residents looking for a place to raise their families,” Livingston Parish President Layton Ricks said. “They are all looking for — and will choose — an area that is clean and maintained. While litter is always a problem anywhere, we want to battle it effectively here.”

Keep Livingston Beautiful and Livingston Parish tourism officials purchased new equipment for the litter control program. That equipment will be used by parish Department of Public Works employees, who will cut grass after trash is cleared from the grounds, Ricks said. That equipment also will be used by supervised Livingston Parish inmates in an effort to remove all trash from parish roadways, specifically targeting major corridors, Ricks said.

“I’ve always said a clean neighborhood makes for a safe neighborhood,” Sheriff Jason Ard said.

“This team effort is a way to maximize the effort, while minimizing the cost of ridding Livingston Parish of litter,” Ricks said.