Going green is important not just for the environment but for the economy as well. Efforts to recycle and to improve the aesthetics of our region matter in economic development. Clean, attractive cities tell visitors that Northeast Louisiana has pride in place.
The City of West Monroe recently opened a new recycling center at 409 Lincoln Street in West Monroe. In its first five days, the recycling center collected than 10,000 pounds of recyclables, including plastics #1 (bottles); plastic #2 (milk jugs, laundry detergent bottles, etc.), paper, cardboard, aluminum and steel cans. The center is open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 7am to 3pm and on select Saturdays to meet the growing demand for sustainability.
The City of Ruston began a popular curb-side, residential recycling program last year. The single-stream recycling program offers a convenient way for customers to recycle, allowing for more recyclable items in their blue recycling cans for curbside pickup. The program has enhanced neighborhood beautification and increased recycling within the City of Ruston.
In Monroe, America Recycles Day will take place November 10th at the Monroe Civic Center. This highly successful event gathers thousand of pounds of recyclables every year. Everything from electronics to tires are collected as thousands of vehicles drop off items that otherwise would go to the landfill.
Both Monroe and West Monroe are launching beautification projects that will offer a more cheerful welcome to visitors. One such project will enhance the U.S. 165 entrance to the University of Louisiana at Monroe with new flower beds and landscaping. This project will cost $30,000, of which $12,000 has been raised so far.
Another landscape project will transform the green space at the Stella/Mill intersection in West Monroe, which serves as the gateway to the community’s downtown area. The new landscaping will cost $10,000 – of which half has been raised so far. These beautification projects and recycling initiatives enhance Northeast Louisiana’s quality of life.