Shreveport Green announces grant to reduce plastic waste

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SHREVEPORT, La. (KTAL/KMSS) — Shreveport Green is challenging residents to cut back on the use of plastic bags through a grant designed to educate shoppers on the problems they cause and help consumers reduce waste.

Shreveport Green will be using a a $2,113 “Shreveport Plastic-Free Challenge” grant through Keep Louisiana Beautiful to create awareness through the media, signage, and community outreach activities. Keep Louisiana Beautiful is a statewide anti-litter and community improvement organization.

Improper disposal of plastic bags leads to: littered streets, lakes, and rivers; clogged storm drains; poisoning marine life and ultimately humans who consume seafood.

Instead of plastic bags, the organization recommends buying reusable bags, which Shreveport Green Neighborhood and Education Program Director Cassaundra Calloway says saves two plastic bags.

“We go to the grocery store. We get our groceries and we take home probably ten bags at least per visit. And before you know it. You got one hundred bags at home and you don’t know what to do with them. Some people throw them away which is terrible because it takes up so much space in the landfill,” said Calloway.

“Here in the south, we love our seafood, but too many plastic bags make their way into our lakes, rivers and into the ocean. The toxic chemicals leach out of the plastic and are often consumed by the seafood we enjoy. We have a stake in reducing plastic bag pollution! I’m excited about the opportunity to help citizens understand the issue and to give them information to make better choices.”

Volunteer support is needed to assist with some community engagement activities.

Anyone interested in assisting with this project can contact Calloway at 219-1888×20 or ccalloway@shreveportgreen.org.

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