BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD) ––– Noticing the excess of litter on the streets of Baton Rouge, two women team up to take out the trash.
Jennifer Richardson and Glenda Pollard are real estate agents in Baton Rouge, “nobody loves our city more than we do,” Richardson says.
So when she noticed how much litter there was in the capital city, she felt the need to do something about it, saying, “I just couldn’t believe what’s happening to our beautiful Louisiana. This is the Sportsman’s paradise, and there’s no ecotourism in Baton Rouge because all of our lakes are completely contaminated.”
She took matters into her own hands, “I posted it on the Nextdoor Neighbor App, and I posted it on my Facebook page, and people just went crazy. People start wanting to help any way they could,” she says.
The group gathers at various locations across the capital city each week, weather permitting. Richardson says, “The people that come out for these events, they are the cream of the crop of society. You would not believe the people that are coming out here on a Saturday morning at 7:00 A.M. when they could be doing anything in the world and or sleeping in late on a Saturday and they come out here with a big old smile on their face.”
They have held six cleanup events so far and collected approximately 125 garbage bags of litter from intersections alone. Richardson says each time they have more volunteers.
The group relies heavily on donations and volunteers to get cleanups done, but now they hope to become a registered non-profit organization to apply for grants to further their cleanup efforts.
Richardson says they are working with the mayor’s office to get more signage put up around roadways and to enforce the fines for littering. “that’s when you have the best results when we both work together,” says Pollard.
Littering does not only affect the parts of Baton Rouge that most people see. Richardson explains, “Every time people throw something out of the window, it goes into the drain system, which goes into our waterways, which clog and block up our natural drainage system, and that’s why we’re having flooding issues.”
The group plans to continue their efforts each weekend and is optimistic. “We know that we can do it Louisiana… we know we can be Sportsman’s paradise again,” Pollard said.
For more information on how you can volunteer at the next event, visit their Facebook group “Keep Tiger Town Beautiful” HERE.
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