Campaign to engage Shreveport-Bossier hospitality industry in reducing litter

The Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau, Shreveport Green, and Keep Bossier Beautiful are proud to announce the launch of Company is Coming, a new initiative aimed at increasing the hospitality and tourism industry’s efforts to combat litter in Shreveport-Bossier.

Hospitality industry businesses including hotels, casinos, restaurants, and attractions are encouraged to form a team and participate in quarterly litter cleanups on and near their properties. The next Company is Coming cleanup will be held on Monday, Sept. 16. Businesses can register a team or learn more at www.ShreveportBossierClean.com

“Company is Coming is a campaign specifically designed for the hospitality industry,” said Stacy Brown, president of the Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau. “The goal is to make sure that things are happening on a regular basis to keep Shreveport-Bossier clean, especially those areas where visitors are congregating.” 

There is no set time for the Company is Coming cleanup on Monday, Sept. 16. Participating groups are asked to register in advance and conduct a cleanup of their property at whatever time works best for their team. Cleanup participants must provide their own materials such as garbage bags, litter grabbers, and gloves. Cleanup teams can win prizes for participating.  
                                                                
The prize up for grabs on Sept. 16 will be a staff pizza party for the winning team. Teams may enter to win the prize by e-mailing photographs of their cleanup efforts, as well as the number of participating volunteers and the number of trash bags filled, to Charlie Rice at CRice@sbctb.org. Photos and information must be submitted to Rice by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 17. A winner will be randomly selected from all eligible team entries. 

Louisiana spends more than $10 million annually on litter cleanup efforts. Shreveport-Bossier alone spends approximately $1.4 million each year on litter abatement. A major recent survey conducted by DestinationNEXT, released in February 2019, found that Shreveport-Bossier received below-average scores for cleanliness and safety. A large percentage of survey respondents commented that addressing litter should be a top priority for local stakeholders.

For more information on Company is Coming, visit www.ShreveportBossierClean.com. For more information on the Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau, visit www.Shreveport-Bossier.org or call 800-551-8682.