ASCENSION PARISH, La. (BRPROUD) — Thanks to an $8,000 grant, Ascension Parish leaders are poised to welcome a new recycling center to the area’s West Bank.

Ascension’s Public Information Officer, Brandon Gatlin, expects the new facility to be an asset to the community.

Gatlin said, “We want to make sure that we keep all of these green spaces, green.”

He went on to acknowledge that recycling is essential to the environment and plays a major role in keeping Ascension beautiful.

Gatlin said, “We want to do our part to keep this in place, not only for right now but for future generations.”

The creation of the new recycling center will be made possible by the aforementioned grant from Healthy Communities.

Right now there’s only one such facility and it’s located on Ascension’s East Bank.

Gatlin says the construction effort will be all about making it easier for the thousands of residents that may not able to travel to the Parish’s East Bank for recycling services.

“If you make it convenient, more people will participate,” he explained.

Gatlin emphasized that recycling is part of a bigger picture, saying, “Our goal is to get as many people recycling, because what that does is that keeps trash and litter off of the highways, off of the roadways, out of other people’s yards.”

Creation of the new Recycling Center on the Westbank requires much planning, which will take place in the near future.

As this planning aspect of this project kicks off, locals will have an opportunity to support the environment by participating in Ascension Parish’s Household Hazardous Materials Day, which is an opportunity for citizens to safely dispose of hazardous materials.

Household Hazardous Materials Day will take place October 1 at the Lamar Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales.