Office of State Parks launches new recycling pilot program in four state parks

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Office of State Parks kicks off a new pilot recycling project – Let Louisiana Shine Park Recycling Program – for aluminum cans and plastic drink bottles, at four state parks. Pontchartrain Conservancy Executive Director Kristi Trail says recycling bins help keep items out of the state’s waterways and off roadways…

“This actually minimizes the amount of waste and potential litter. Keeping it out of the trash and now going into recycling. And just put them back to better use.”

The program has rolled out at the Fontainebleau, Fairview-Riverside, Tickfaw, and Bogue Chitto. Materials will be collected, sorted, and trash contamination will be removed. Trail says before this initiative, there was nowhere to separate recyclable materials…

“You know folks are bringing in bottles and cans of some refreshments to drink while they’re out there enjoying the state parks but there was not an option to recycle there at the park.”

Recyclables will be processed at a materials recovery facility. Trail says collection totals will be recorded on a bi-weekly basis to determine the program’s success rate…

“We’re going to try it for about nine months. See how it goes. Really track it closely and I think if we can prove success we can then secure funding to keep it going forever.”

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