Ascension Parish Government and sheriff work together to fight litter

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

In April, Ascension Parish Government and the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office launched a pilot program to clean up litter in the Parish.

Inmate litter crews, supervised by Ascension Parish Sheriff’s deputies and funded by Ascension Parish Government, collected litter and trash along Airline Highway from the East Baton Rouge Parish line to the city limits of Gonzales between April 16 and April 27.

We hope that people will see this cleanup effort and think twice about littering in the first place,” said Ascension Parish Sheriff Jeff Wiley.

During the ten days, inmate crews cleaned 15.7 miles of highway and picked up 778 bags of trash. That averages to 1.57 miles and 77.8 bags of trash per day.

In the coming weeks, we hope to forge a long term agreement between our agencies in the great spirit of cooperation we have always shared,” said Ascension Parish President Kenny Matassa. “I ask all parish citizens and visitors keep Ascension beautiful.”

We also challenge our truck drivers that move through the area to secure their loads, as a great deal of trash picked up came from truck debris,” added Sheriff Wiley. “We are committed to litter crime enforcement and will make no exceptions on violators.”

Contributed by Ascension Parish Government