Leaders Against Litter

Speak Up. Pick Up. Stand Up.

Leaders Against Litter was an annual statewide Keep Louisiana Beautiful event that showcased our community leaders and elected officials “leading the way” in our charge against litter. This initiative raised awareness about how Louisiana’s pervasive litter problem affected communities by inviting community leaders to observe the problem first-hand by cleaning up a local roadway and educating participants about the direct and indirect costs and damage caused by litter. We asked all leaders to make a public commitment by pledging to SPEAK UP, PICK UP, and STAND UP for a litter-free Louisiana.

Leaders Against Litter 2018

Leaders Against Litter 2018 was a huge success thanks to the tireless efforts of community leaders, elected officials, and public servants around the state who joined efforts for Louisiana’s biggest single-day cleanup event. This day kicked off the Great American Cleanup season, the annual Keep America Beautiful community improvement initiative, which runs from March through May.

On March 23, 2018 —
  • 800 community leaders and elected officials signed the Leaders Against Litter pledge, promising to Speak Up, Pick Up, and Stand Up for a litter-free Louisiana
  • 120 local elected officials, 10 state legislators, and 109 law enforcement officials joined in the effort
  • 27 Keep America Beautiful affiliates and seven state agencies participated in the event
  • 1,657 total volunteer hours spent picking up litter
Together, they collected —
  • 267,765 lbs. of litter
  • 8,449 cigarette butts
Participating Affiliates

The following Keep Louisiana Beautiful affiliates participated in Leaders Against Litter.

Abbeville  | Baton Rouge | Calcasieu | Covington | DeRidder | East Feliciana Parish | Eunice | Hammond | Jefferson | Lafayette | Lake Charles | Lincoln | Madisonville | Mandeville | Natchitoches | New Orleans | Ouachita | Shreveport | Slidell | St. James | St. John | St. Martin | St. Mary | Terrebonne | Union | West Baton Rouge | West Feliciana

Participating State Agencies

Louisiana Office of the Governor | Louisiana First Lady Donna Edwards | Louisiana Office of the Lieutenant Governor | Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries | Louisiana Department of Safety and Corrections | Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality | Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development | Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry

Leaders Against Litter Pledge for a Cleaner Tomorrow

“We all have an obligation to preserve and protect our beautiful state. Together, we can make a huge impact. I promise to support Keep Louisiana Beautiful and the local affiliates for a litter-free, more beautiful Louisiana.

I will … SPEAK Up and spread the word that litter is not acceptable in Louisiana.

I will … PICK Up litter whenever I see it.

I will … STAND UP and lead the way for a litter-free Louisiana.”