Parish cleanup despite weather

TEAM EFFORT – Major trash was cleared from areas near Ponchatoula like the sites seen here thanks to an effort from DSLD Homes partnering with Keep Tangipahoa Beautiful. Photo by Ginger Tasetet.

South Tangipahoa Parish got a little more beautiful Saturday.

DSLD Homes and Keep Tangipahoa Beautiful worked together for the litter cleanup Saturday on the roads near Ponchatoula. This was the second time DSLD Homes volunteered to help the parish with litter cleanup.

The main roads included in the cleanup were Lee’s Landing, Traino and Fire Tower. Even with the rainy weather, they were still able to collect over 200 bags of trash along with other materials such as tires, freezers, car parts and a roll of carpet.

The Ponchatoula Rotary Club and some members from the Hammond-Ponchatoula Sunrisers Rotary Club participated in the cleanup despite the rain. Among the volunteers were Ponchatoula Mayor Bob Zabbia and Parish Councilwomen Kim Landry Coates and Brigette Delatte Hyde.

The Ponchatoula Rotarians and volunteers collected about 40 bags of litter from North 1st Street in Ponchatoula.

The trap is made and operated by Osprey Initiative. This is the second Litter Gitter deployed by Osprey Initiative; the first one is located on Ponchatoula Creek.

Amite’s cleanup is set for Oct. 3, and Hammond’s TrashDash has been re-scheduled for Oct. 10. New dates will soon be announced for cleanups in Independence and Kentwood.

Anyone who would like to volunteer for the rescheduled dates for TrashDash in Hammond, Independence, Amite, or Kentwood is asked to call Tangipahoa Parish Litter Coordinator Ginger Tastet at 985-748-3211.

Litter Gitter

Over the next 12 months, DSLD Homes will sponsoring the second installation of the Litter Gitter on Selsers Creek in southeast Tangipahoa Parish. The trap will catch litter on the creek from all the tributaries from the Hammond airport flowing south.

This story first appeared in The Daily by Jesse Brooks. Read the original story here.


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The patented Litter Gitter is a tactical in-stream litter collection device used to intercept floating litter from stormwater runoff. The Osprey team handles all aspects of installing and maintaining these “trash traps” and compiles data on the items caught in them, recycling as much of the litter as possible.