Keep East Feliciana Beautiful picked up 25 bags of trash in Clinton during the third annual Leaders Against Litter event March 18.

More than 760 top leaders from around Louisiana, including Gov. John Bel Edwards, first lady Donna Edwards and Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser, participated in the third annual Leaders Against Litter event March 18.

Over 8,820 pounds or 441 bags of trash and 5,358 cigarette butts were picked up during the event.

Twenty Keep Louisiana Beautiful affiliates took part in the event, including Keep East Feliciana Beautiful, whose members joined volunteers from parish businesses, schools, municipalities and civic organizations in picking up trash in Clinton.

All who participated in the effort pledged to preserve and protect Louisiana by agreeing to stand up, speak up and pick up for a litter-free Louisiana.

Nungesser held a news conference inside the State Capitol in Baton Rouge to announce the results and to call all citizens to do their part to protect and preserve Louisiana.

Additional speakers attending the ceremony, included Executive Director of Volunteer Louisiana Judd Jeansonne, Secretary of the Department of Environmental Quality Dr. Chuck Brown, Secretary of Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development Dr. Shawn Wilson, Commissioner of Agriculture Mike Strain, Louisiana State Police Capt. Doug Cain and KLB board and advisory board members Andy Johnson, Susan Strain, Jean Kelly, Venise Ortego and Phyllis Darensbourg.

“This event was a huge success, and we are grateful for the exceptional support displayed by our state’s top leadership and our state agency partners. Keep Louisiana Beautiful effectively raised awareness about Louisiana’s litter problem while also taking strides to improve it,” said KLB Executive Director Susan Russell.

Affiliates will be conducting community-wide cleanups through May. To get involved, visit keeplouisianabeautiful.org.