Mayor-President Broome announces results of October 2019 Operation Fresh Start

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Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome announced that volunteers for the October 2019 installment of Operation Fresh Start cleared more than 100 tons of trash, removed nearly 2,000 tires and illegally placed signs and filled more than 100 potholes in East Baton Rouge Parish.

Operation Fresh Start is the mayor’s parish-wide litter abatement and beautification campaign, and the October installment began October 19 with a volunteer-led community cleanup effort at several locations across East Baton Rouge Parish.

The Mayor’s office partners with the local non-profit Keep Baton Rouge Beautiful, which is the principle anti-litter organization in the area.

From October 21 through October 28, East Baton Rouge Public Works crews cleared litter and blight throughout the parish, and more than 150 volunteers conducted six community cleanups.

The October installation of Operation Fresh Start produced the following results:  

  • Nearly 138 tons of trash and debris collected and disposed
  • 1,959 abandoned tires in the public right-of-way collected and disposed
  • 1,952 illegally placed signs collected and disposed
  • 104 potholes filled
  • 226 trash and debris piles collected and disposed  

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development participated in Operation Fresh Start by removing tree limbs growing near barrier rails along the Interstate 10 and 110 corridors. DOTD also cleared clogged catch basins on state highways, patched potholes and cleared debris and broken concrete beneath the interstate system and in parking areas, according to the mayor’s office.

Republic Services supported cleanup efforts and provided equipment and supplies for the volunteer cleanup.

“Improving the appearance and quality of place of all of East Baton Rouge Parish remains a priority for our citizens and for my administration,” Broome said. “These quarterly Operation Fresh Start beautification efforts not only show our commitment to eliminating litter and reducing blight, but they also bring together this community around a common cause that is a driving force for positive change.”  

Operation Fresh Start began in 2018 and has since led to the collection of more than 845 tons of trash and debris, the disposal of 8,277 illegally abandoned tires and the disposal of more than 3,000 bags of trash.

The next installment of Operation Fresh Start will take place in the first quarter of 2020.

For more information, contact Rowdy Gaudet at 225-389-5109. 

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