Criminal offenders are helping clean up litter around Tangipahoa Parish, a news release said.

Nearly 3,200 bags of garbage have been collected by community service workers and inmate crews since Jan. 1, according to Parish President Gordon Burgess.

Litter pickup takes place nearly six days a week, the release said.

The DWI Community Service Workers Litter Pick Up Program is a cooperative effort between the parish and the court system in which the court system sentences a DWI offender to 16 hours of community service, performed over the course of two eight-hour days picking up roadside litter.

DWI Community Service Workers have collected 1,155 bags of trash in the first six months of 2015 in an estimated 1,592 service hours.

Under another partnership, the Inmate Litter Abatement Program, inmates work under the direct supervision of a retired Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy who works for the road and bridge office. The crew cleans up local roadways prior to mowers coming through to cut grass and ditches.

Burgess said besides being unsightly, trash clogs up drainage outlets, creating problems when it rains.

For information on how to help with litter abatement in Tangipahoa Parish, call (985) 748-3211.