The 3rd annual Clean Sweep event will take place Saturday, April 16 from 8:30 am through 11:30 am. It will conclude with food, music and fun at the Hwy 51 Park. The event is sponsored by St. John the Baptist Parish Government and the Keep St. John Beautiful Committee in an effort to inspire the community to help keep the parish clean. Hundreds of volunteers from schools, churches, civic organizations, home-owner associations, and industry are expected to participate in this year’s event which kicks off at the Highway 51 Park. Supplies such as garbage bags, gloves, t-shirts, visors, and trash clamps will be distributed at the park at 8:30 am.
“We look forward to tomorrow’s events and the opportunity to join forces with residents of all ages and from throughout the parish in this effort. We received overwhelming support from a variety of groups that have never participated in this event before”, said Parish President Natalie Robottom.
The Clean Sweep Committee has focused on the main corridors that run throughout the parish for the clean-up and asked commercial properties to clean their store fronts. Additionally, churches and neighborhood associations were added to clean in areas where they are located. Each group of volunteers selects an area to clean and places garbage in black trash bags and recyclable items in green bags. All bags will be picked up by employees of the Public Works Department upon completion of the event.
Clean Sweep is a large push to clean up St. John; however, it is also a way to get the community involved in making St. John the Baptist Parish a cleaner and more beautiful place to live. “This is a great annual event for community involvement, but it’s important to keep St. John clean every day,” stated Robottom. Residents and organizations are encouraged to support a culture change, where less trash is there to be picked up.
In appreciation for everyone’s hard work, food, refreshments, and music will be available following the event. Information regarding recyle locations, litter violations, and the litter hotline will be distributed at the event. Also, in support of “Flood Awarness Month”, the Planning and Zoning Department will disribute informational packets, coloring books, and other tips on flood awareness.