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PRESS RELEASE:

MANDEVILLE, LA — Keep Louisiana Beautiful presents Love the Boot Week Apr. 18-24, 2022 — the largest litter removal effort in Louisiana, held in conjunction with Earth Day and supported by Governor John Bel Edwards and Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser. Businesses, government agencies, schools, non-profit organizations, and individual citizens throughout the state are encouraged to plan or participate in community cleanups and beautification events to work collectively toward a cleaner Louisiana.

Event registration and volunteer sign-up is available at www.lovetheboot.org. Volunteers can search by zip code to see what events are available in their area. Events can either be registered as public or private. The first 100 groups who registered their Love the Boot Week events received cleanup kits with shirts and supplies. Currently, 144 events are registered, with more added daily. Love the Boot event planning tools and promotional graphics are available to all online, and people are encouraged to share how they #LovetheBoot on social media.

Litter is not a new problem for Louisiana’s 64 parishes. For decades, litter has become increasingly detrimental to our communities, leading to a multitude of repercussions such as:

  • Blight on natural areas, cities, towns, roadways, and waterways
  • Death of wildlife due to polluted habitats
  • Decline in quality of life in neighborhoods
  • A negative impact on economic development, infrastructure, and tourism
  • Flooding caused by storm drains clogged with litter and debris

Despite spending over $40 million in litter abatement each year, Louisiana is still experiencing shocking levels of litter statewide.

“Sportsman’s Paradise won’t be litter-free overnight, but by coming together during Love the Boot Week, we can begin to tackle the issue and take steps toward achieving a more beautiful Louisiana,” says Susan Russell, Executive Director of Keep Louisiana Beautiful.

A press conference and kickoff event is scheduled for April 18 at 10 a.m. at the Capitol Park Museum.

Following the conclusion of Love the Boot Week, Keep Louisiana Beautiful will release an outcomes report summarizing the collective impact of the registered cleanup and beautification events. This report will include the total number of events, volunteers, bags of trash collected, pounds of trash collected, and other relevant statistics.

Love the Boot Week is made possible by the Office of the Lieutenant Governor and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana.

For more information about Love the Boot Week, visit www.lovetheboot.org or contact marketing@keeplouisianabeautiful.org.

About Keep Louisiana Beautiful

Keep Louisiana Beautiful is the state’s anti‐litter and community improvement organization focused on education, enforcement, awareness, and cleanups. Affiliated with Keep America Beautiful, Keep Louisiana Beautiful’s mission is to promote personal, corporate, and community responsibility for a clean and beautiful Louisiana. Keep Louisiana Beautiful is comprised of a network of 39 affiliates in communities throughout the state. For more information, visit www.keeplouisianabeautiful.org