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Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge is hosting the Annual Summer Solstice Paddle June 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the refuge. The after-hours paddle celebrates the beginning of summer.

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Ouachita Green is hosting Household Hazardous Waste Collection Saturday, March 17 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Ike Hamilton Expo Center.

The Household Hazardous Waste event is a free opportunity to keep hazardous materials out of local waterways and the natural environment in the Northeast Louisiana region. This service is for households only.

Volunteers are collecting the following waste items:

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Recycle your Christmas trees with Ouachita Green before January 6th! Locations for drop off are the Monroe Civic Center and the West Monroe Farmer's Market.

Ouachita Green is accepting your live Christmas trees to be recycled until January 6th. The trees will be chipped down into mulch, which will be used in beautification efforts in the Ouachita Parish region.

Stuart Hodnett of Ouachita Green tells us the three steps in the recycling process are:

Cleaning Up for a More Beautiful Louisiana

Oct 30, 2017
Stuart Hodnett

Saturday, November 4th, Ouachita Green is hosting a local America Recycles Day Drop Off event. This event will be held at the Monroe Civic Center from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Ouachita Green will be accepting tires, office papers, magazines, household appliances, scrap metal, computer accessories, and plastic containers. They will also be accepting Goodwill donations such as clothes, shoes, accessories, and working electronics. 

Community Keeps it Clean with Ouachita Water Sweep

Aug 29, 2017
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Saturday, September 9th Ouachita Green is bring the community together with one purpose: to clean. This year's Ouachita Water Sweep will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. across Ouachita Parish.

Spring Cleaning for the Community

Mar 14, 2017

Ouachita Green is always in the business of keeping Ouachita Parish clean. This weekend, in affiliation with Keep America Beautiful, they are promoting the Great American Clean Up. Saturday, March 18th, community members are invited to help clean up the community from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

When Christmas Ends, Recycling Begins

Dec 14, 2016
Ouachita Green

Ouachita Green's vision of keeping the community Green and Clean continues as they get ready for their Christmas Tree Recycling event. This service to the community will last from December 26 to January 6. 

The Christmas spirit is all about giving back. Through recycling live trees instead of throwing them away, one can give back to their community and environment. Recycling the trees also lightens the load of sanitation companies and keeps the trees out of landfills.

Ouachita Parish Goes Green

Nov 8, 2016

Saturday, November 12th is America Recycles Day. Ouachita Green will be accepting donations at the Monroe Civic Center from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

America Recycles Day is a way to get communities and families thinking about and participating in recycling.

Water Sweep Targets Litter

Sep 6, 2016
Ouachita Green

The Ouachita River is one of the defining natural characteristics of our area. All too often its scenic banks can be seen choked with litter. Ouachita Green hosts a Water Sweep on Saturday, September 10, to deal with this problem. 

Volunteers will meet at one of many staging site scattered along the river between the hours of 9 a.m and 12 p.m. Participants are welcomed to bring their boats, however, Coordinator Stuart Hodnett says that there is plenty that can be done by foot as well.


With flood waters continuing to recede around the area, many residents are faced with the dilemma of disposing of materials that may be dangerous or hazardous to the environment. Ouachita Green is stepping up to help. The organization hosts a Hazardous Waste Collection Day on Saturday, April 16 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Law enforcement officers, ULM students, and volunteers will be standing by to unload waste and ensure it is properly collected. Examples of items that will be disposed of are: