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Opelousas Receives Trash Receptacle Grant

For Immediate Release

CITY OF OPELOUSAS AWARDED KEEP LOUISIANA BEAUTIFUL TRASH RECEPTACLE GRANT

(Opelousas, LA) – The City of Opelousas is pleased to be selected as one of the 71 recipients of the 2023-24 Keep Louisiana Beautiful Trash Receptacle Grant Program made possible with funding from the State of Louisiana and the Office of the Lieutenant Governor. The grant, which was submitted by Opelousas Tourism, will provide eight new metal trash receptacles for the downtown district.  The eight trash receptacles will be installed on Bellevue, Court, Main and Grolee Streets.

Through the 2024 Trash Receptacle Grant Program, Keep Louisiana Beautiful awarded 628 receptacles to 71 organizations in 40 parishes for a total value of $491,294.  As part of the requirements of this grant, Opelousas Tourism – Main Street will perform a post installation litter scan and compare the data collected to preliminary scan results. Data will be shared with the public once available.

This is the second time the city of Opelousas has received the Keep Louisiana Beautiful Trash Receptacle Grant. Last year, the city received six new trash cans which were primarily placed around Le Vieux Village.

“Litter hurts our quality of life and impacts the well-being of our community” says Melanie Lee, Opelousas Tourism and Main Street Director. “With these new receptacles installed, we will be able to reduce litter in our downtown district and transform shared spaces.”  

“Recent data collected by Keep Louisiana Beautiful shows a reduction of litter by 78 percent in areas where trash receptacles are properly installed and maintained,” says Susan Russell, KLB Executive Director. “One of our organization’s key initiatives is to help build infrastructure that supports clean, beautiful communities. Funding trash receptacles is one way we do that. Congratulations to the City of Opelousas for being selected as a 2023-24 Trash Receptacle Grant recipient.”

To learn more about Keep Louisiana Beautiful, visit www.keeplouisianabeautiful.org