Litter Abatement

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Show Your Pride — Not Your Litter

Fighting the scourge of litter has been a cornerstone of St. Tammany Parish Government since its inception. There is no upside to litter. Litter is costly, unsightly, hazardous, malodorous and poses a threat to natural waterways and wildlife. Keep Louisiana Beautiful estimates that yearly litter removal can cost all levels of state government — state, parish and municipal — up to $40 million.

WHAT We Do

The Litter Abatement program continues to evolve. To date we have passed into law an ordinance establishing strict civil and criminal penalties for littering. We have created a local Litter Court which convenes monthly, to help our Constables and Justices of the Peace bring litter offenders to justice. We have funded a Litter Abatement Crew where those convicted of litter crimes must clean up roadside litter, in order to now become a part of the solution to the problem they helped to create.

We field calls from citizens, inform the public about Parish ordinances, and provide information on litter laws, litter reporting and clean-up requests. We take in reports of illegal dumping, litter violations and illegal signs. We provide pertinent forms for use in reporting litter, or requesting road clean-up. We also provide links to waste management resources. Because litter fines are cumulative, we maintain a repeat offender database which currently has approximately 2,000 entries.

Who WE Are

We are your local government in action. Your point of contact in the Litter Abatement Program is Rick Moore. He can be reached at 985-898-2535.

How you can help

We ask that citizens take an active role in the fight against litter through a few simple steps.

  • Report any person you see trashing the Parish.

  • Know the law. Learn what constitutes litter. It is more than candy wrappers thrown from car windows.

  • Click here for litter ordinances.

  • Show up as a witness in litter court.

  • Teach your children to respect their community and avoid littering at a young age.

  • Participate in a clean-up day.