Apr 25, 2014 6:38 PM by KATC
Festival International de Louisiane is pleased to inform the public that recycling of cans will, once again, be available at receptacles throughout the festival venues. After being notified that Recycling Foundation, Festival's recycling partner for more than 20 years, had withdrawn its donation of this important service, Festival staff solicited and received assistance from valuable community partners.
LCG Chief Administrative Officer Dee Stanley and his staff, Sheriff Mike Neustrom, Director of Corrections Rob Reardon, and UL-Lafayette's Office of Facility Management pulled together a new recycling effort. UL Lafayette's Manager of Grounds, Mike Hess, provided dozens of recycling bins from the University's events inventory. Sheriff Neustrom's inmate manufacturing facility, known as Lapcorr, mobilized its inmate labor force to glue 100 boxes together for delivery late this afternoon to the festival grounds. Inmate labor will also be used to empty the receptacles and load recyclable cans onto trucks for proper disposal.
Director Reardon says it was an easy decision to make for the LPSO, "The sheriff's office believes that Festival is a fabulous event for our parish and we are happy to participate in any way."
CAO Stanley specifically singled out Greg Guidroz, a volunteer of 14 years with the Festival recycling crew, who showed up Wednesday to assist with recycling, only to find out it wasn't going to happen. "It is always a great moment when one of our citizens comes forward with a passion and dedication to do what is right. Thanks to Greg, we did not let this effort die. As soon as we heard of Festival's needs, we all put in the extra effort to make this happen. Our friends at UL and the Sheriff's office stepped in with absolutely no notice to get this done." As a result, more than 150 recycling containers will be delivered this afternoon to the festival grounds. We encourage all festival participants to use them properly."
Festival Executive Director Missy Paschke-Wood says, "Many of our staff and board members are passionate about green initiatives and we are pleased that Lafayette Consolidated Government was able to assist us by helping us continue our recycling efforts this year."