Announcement of the LA Task Force on Waste Reduction and Beautification

Governor John Bel Edwards joined state and local leaders today to announce the creation of a statewide Waste Reduction and Beautification Task Force.

The governor’s office said the task force would work to find political solutions to Louisiana’s waste problem, educate the public and promote community waste reduction activities.

It was created by executive order and managed by the Keep Louisiana Beautiful program in the office of the lieutenant governor, the 26-member task force will make recommendations to the governor by July 1, 2022.

As part of the executive order, the Governor also declared that the fourth Saturday of each month will be designated as Love the Boot. Do not pollute the day throughout the state.

On these days, leaders and neighborhood groups will be encouraged to organize targeted events to pick up litter in their communities.

  • Click here to read the Governor’s Task Force Executive Order on Statewide Waste Reduction and Beautification.

The 26 members of the Governor’s Task Force on Statewide Waste Reduction and Beautification come from various state and local government agencies, businesses, and private groups and communities. They will include:

  • Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser, Chair
  • Governor John Bel Edwards or his delegate
  • Dr. Steve Slaton, Office of the Lieutenant Governor
  • Jay Dardenne, Commissioner for Administration, Division of Administration
  • Secretary Chuck Brown, Department of Environmental Quality
  • Secretary James LeBlanc, Department of Corrections or his designate;
  • Secretary Don Pierson, Department of Economic Development or designate;
  • Secretary Shawn Wilson, Department of Transport and Development or his designate;
  • Secretary Jack Montoucet, Department of Wildlife and Fisheries or his delegate;
  • Colonel Lamar Davis, Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services
  • Chip Kline, Executive Assistant to the Governor for Coastal Activities
  • Mayor Sharon Weston Broome, City/Parish of Baton Rouge, Louisiana Municipal Association;
  • Winn Parish President Josh McAllister, representing the Louisiana Police Jury Association;
  • Pointe Coupee Parish Sheriff Rene’ Thibodeaux, representing the Louisiana Sheriffs Association;
  • Trent Brignac, Evangeline Parish District Attorney, representing the Louisiana District Attorneys Association
  • Lisa Johnson, president and CEO of the Bossier City Chamber of Commerce, representing the Louisiana Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives;
  • Faye Matthews, Environmental Defense Fund, representing environmental organizations
  • Carla Tate, Executive Director, Tangipahoa Parish Convention and Visitors Bureau, representing the tourism industry
  • Sharon Mann, Managing Director, Republic Services, representing the waste management industry
  • Dr. Neil Aspinwall, Chancellor of SOWELA Technical Community College, representing Louisiana’s higher education system;
  • Dr. Teresa Bagwell, Superintendent of St. Mary’s Parish Schools, representing the Louisiana Department of Education;
  • Adam Knapp, General Manager, Baton Rouge Area Chamber, representing Chambers of Commerce
  • Brenda M. Breaux, Executive Director, New Orleans Redevelopment Authority, representing local housing authorities
  • Marie Constantin, representative of owners’ associations
  • Renee Amar, Executive Director, Louisiana Motor Transport Association, representing the trucking industry
  • Mike Wampold, representing the construction industry

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