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Doctor picks up trash for love of city

Doctor picks up trash for love of city
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POSTED: Saturday, January 11, 2014 - 6:34pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, January 14, 2014 - 11:50am

Dr. Ron Sylvest spent his Saturday morning picking up the mess others left behind near the intersection of Bluebonnet Boulevard and Highland Road. He volunteers his time once or twice a week to go around Baton Rouge to the places where litter lingers on the side of road.

"Baton Rouge is such a beautiful city. I'd hate to see it trashed. It's too easy to not litter," Sylvest said.

He goes out armed with a grabber and trash bags. His goal is to pick up as much mess as he can. He said he doesn't do it to get attention.

"I do it, because I have a passion for it. I have a passion for cleanliness. I have a passion for this city, and it's the least I could do, " He explained.

Sylvest said the amount of litter in the area has gone up over the years, and more needs to be done to tackle the problem.

"Picking up the trash is temporary. We need an educational program in this state. We need to change the culture. We need financial support, organization, enforced fines and penalties," He stated.

Sylvest explained education is the key: "If you remember the seat belt law. It took awhile for the seat belt law to take affect, but once people started understanding it and getting penalized for not wearing it. Most people you see now a days have their seat belts on. "

Sylvest hopes that his work will make others think twice, before they toss their trash out.

"If everyone did a little bit. Together we could do a lot," He exclaimed. "We could make this city beautiful."

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