§2525. Litter reduction and public action section; staff; powers and duties; cooperation; funding
A. The section shall perform and have responsibilities for the function of the state relative to litter control and education awareness as provided for in this Chapter.
B. The section shall maintain staff necessary to effectuate this Chapter properly. Insofar as funds are appropriated, staff shall be employed by the director of the section under the direction and control of the secretary and in accordance with policies of the department.
C. The section shall implement the provisions of this Part, including the following:
(1) Develop and implement publicity, educational, and motivational campaigns to build and sustain public awareness of litter and of the unacceptability of littering and to create a litterless ethic.
(2) Serve as the coordinating agency between the various government and private organizations seeking to aid in litter control and reduction and recycling efforts.
(3) Assist local governments in the adoption and revision of ordinances aimed at litter control and reduction.
(4) Encourage, organize, and coordinate voluntary campaigns seeking to focus the attention of the public on programs to control and reduce litter and increase public awareness.
(5) Provide encouragement of and increased funds for litter cleanup and collection, litter prevention, and cleanup equipment.
(6) Provide for strict enforcement of laws to control and reduce litter and littering.
(7) Promote litter abatement and control and encourage recycling.
(8) Promote public awareness and education.
(9) Design a logo or symbol as provided in R.S. 30:2527 and establish an insignia for litter receptacles.
(10) Serve as the coordinating agency among various local governments, industries, and other organizations which aid in the anti-litter effort.
(11) Cooperate with local governments to accomplish coordination of local anti-litter efforts.
(12) Encourage, organize, and coordinate all voluntary local anti-litter campaigns seeking to focus the attention and participation of the public on the laws of this state enacted to control and remove litter and to provide for the recycling of trash materials.
(13) Investigate the availability of and apply for funds from any private or public source to be used for the purposes of this Part.
(14) Exchange information directly with judges, district and municipal attorneys, Louisiana state police, and local law enforcement officers on enforcement mechanics and offer technical assistance.
(15) Award grants and provide financial assistance on a local level in accordance with rules adopted pursuant to this Part in order to achieve the purposes of this Part and award certificates of achievement for litter abatement.
(16) Establish a method whereby summer employment of persons for litter cleanup may be obtained.
(17) Develop plans, investigate methods, and monitor effectiveness of this Part and of techniques in the control of litter and develop, encourage, and coordinate litter control within the state.
(18) Report annually by April first of each year to the House Committee on Natural Resources and Environment and the Senate Committee on Environmental Quality giving details regarding the success of the section's efforts to comply with the above duties or any other duties required of it by law.
(19) Serve as the authority which approves and disburses financial assistance to any local government or nonprofit organization which, in written application, seeks such assistance to implement a local litter prevention or abatement program.
Acts 1986, 1st Ex. Sess., No. 32, §1; Acts 1989, No. 687, §1; Acts 1992, No. 655, §1; Acts 1995, No. 1019, §§1, 9; Acts 1997, No. 694, §1; Acts 2008, No. 580, §2.