Mayor Sharon Weston Broome announces January 2020 Operation Fresh Start results


East Baton Rouge Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome announced Wednesday the results of January 2020 Operation Fresh Start, her abatement and beautification campaign for the parish.

A volunteer-led community clean up event marked the start of this quarter for the campaign, which began on Saturday, Jan. 18, according to Mark Armstrong.

This quarter’s Operation Fresh Start partnered with the 2020 MLK Fest, an event to reactivate neighborhoods in the city with the help of volunteers, more than 3,500 of whom aided in community clean ups of blight and litter in highly visible areas, Armstrong wrote.

“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,” Broome said.

January’s Operation Fresh Start yielded the following results, according to Armstrong:

  • 219.8 tons of trash and debris collected and disposed
  • 1,099 abandoned tires in the public right-of-way collected and disposed
  • 514 illegally placed signs collected and disposed
  • 165 trash and debris piles collected and disposed  
  • 678 bags of trash collected by volunteers

To further help with the effort, the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development cleaned along the I-10 corridor, cleared trash along state highways and unclogged drains full of debris, according to Armstrong.

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