Lafayette,LA - “This is something that has been developing for some time," says Abbeville’s District C councilman Brady Broussard Jr.
Trash buildup has been a problem across the country. Abbeville is one of those areas that have started to see large trash pile-ups in the area for some time now. Councilman Brady Broussard Jr., says that the council is taking a step forward to see that littering end because it affects everyone in the community. "This can hurt economic development. it certainly hurt property values. it is something that no one should be proud of."
Broussard informed NEWS15 that the council has always had an ordinance on the books back in the days to combat trash dumping, but it may not work in today's time. He believes that they must come up with new ideas to combat trash dumping altogether. "We're going to increase fines, and we're going to tweak the language so that the city can take a stronger position to eliminate that."
"We must be proactive. We want to get it cleaned up. We want to get it cleaned up quickly."
The owner of The Math Depot, Nikia Leblanc, saw that cleanup happens so that the community around her could be a much cleaner place to live. "Excessive litter brings, sometimes it attracts insects or animals who often carry diseases. You have to think about the children the animals. So we just want to do our part and do something positive."
Darnyri Charles, a luittle girl that came to help clean up her community says, "It helps people to see that it important to clean up."
With more than one hundred volunteers signed up at different locations. The turnout was significant for the younger generation, who want to see that the community around them is clean.
"I'm just tired of seeing trash everywhere. I just feel like a clean community is a better community.", says Jaria Broussard.
Madison Trahan believes this will open the communities eyes, "Hopefully, by coming out here today, people are going to realize that they could be something more productive and help out the community."
Whereas Trinity Campbell says cleaning up the community is always amazing,"Seeing like the city how clean its is and being around how it can influence another person. you know, getting it ready for the next generation."
Everyone at the event filled me in that their top priority is to see Abbeville as a whole continue to be a cleaner living environment.