In the wake of Hurricane Ida, our community is a mess. It might seem a bit overwhelming, at this time, to tackle the litter problem in our neighborhoods, but even small efforts can lead to improvement for our local environment.

Sheriff Mike Tregre, therefore, is encouraging residents to join the St. John Sheriff’s Office and St. John Parish government in a clean up effort, Team Up to Clean Up, on Saturday, November 20, 2021. Groups or individuals interested in participating in Team Up to Clean Up may call 985-652-9569 or text 504-884-0607.

“Trustees have already started picking up litter,” Sheriff Tregre said. “Since Monday, the inmate work crew has been all over St. John, collecting trash along many public roadways.”

Nearly 2,000 bags of trash have been collected since Monday. Tires, piping, tin, furniture and other trash dumped along public roads also were picked up.

“We made headway, but there is so much litter and trash that still needs to be picked up,” Sheriff Tregre said. “I am asking residents to do their part to help clean up their neighborhoods.”

The SJSO will continue to do its part to make public property presentable, especially at this time of year when company will soon be coming to town. Many visitors will be traveling to and through St. John Parish for the Thanksgiving holiday as well as to enjoy Christmas celebrations like the burning of the bonfires on Christmas Eve, weather permitting.

So, let’s Team Up to Clean Up!