You'll see lots of folks in red shirts tomorrow, during Shreveport's signature event for the Great American Cleanup. The nationwide litter removal effort spans March, April and May, but Shreveport Green has chosen tomorrow as our official cleanup day.

Local civic organizations, church groups, civic organizations, Girl and Boy Scouts will all participate in this year's cleanup from about 8 a.m. until noon. It's mainly focused on specific neighborhoods, but also includes some public roadways and parks. Shreveport Green Executive Director Donna Curtis says the Duck Pond on East Kings Highway usually gets a good cleaning this time of the year.

"We have a great partnership with the Ozark Society, and they will clean it at some point during this three months, because they clean it two or three times a year," Curtis says. "I'm not sure if they'll be on the 13th, but they do clean it at some time during this three-month event."

Curtis says litter is a big problem in our state, mainly because of our warm weather and more people being outside. "There's a lot more opportunity for litter. Particuarly the last two-and-a-half months, I've seen a lot of litter," she says. "And I've begun to realize we've had more wind this year, and I'm not trying to make excuses." But she says that it's caused trash that's not properly secured in a can -- or that's maybe in the back of a pickup truck -- to blow out accidentally. But we shouldn't have this litter issue in our neighborhoods.

So how can we remedy our litter problem? Curtis tells begins with our little ones. "We just need to make sure that if they're taught at home, and they're taught when they're young, it won't happen."

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