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Louisiana politician praised for recycling awareness

Lt. Governor Nungesser, right, receives his award from Alton Schaubhut during the NLGA annual meeting.

The second most senior politician in Louisiana has been recognised by the US-based Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries for his dedication to recycling. 

Louisiana Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser was presented with the organisation’s Recycling Impact Award with ISRI president Robin Wiener saying he was a true advocate for businesses that directly benefit the communities where they operate. ‘He is a champion for the state of Louisiana’s recycling, conservation, and beautification efforts. ISRI members in Louisiana know that if they need something, Nungesser is there.’

ISRI and the National Lieutenant Governors Association (NLGA) present the award annually to an NLGA member who is committed to working within a state, region, and/or communities to positively affect resource conservation and recycling.

The award was presented by Alton Schaubhut, second vice president of ISRI’s Gulf Coast regional chapter. He is also CMC Recycling’s marketing manager. Schaubhut recalled how Nungesser attended the ISRI 2017 Convention and Exposition in New Orleans, touring the exhibit hall.

‘The lieutenant governor followed that visit with a meeting with all Louisiana recyclers to learn how his office could help recycling businesses in the state,’ he said. ‘Since then, Nungesser has continued to stay in touch with local recyclers, supporting local businesses, and providing jobs that directly impact the local economy for the better. We salute Lt. Governor Nungesser and thank him for all he’s done and will continue to do for the betterment of the recycling industry in the state of Louisiana.’

In response, Nungesser said recycling and environmental conservation efforts were key to the health and vitality of Louisiana communities. ‘The recycling industry creates jobs for Louisianans, with an economic impact of US$ 1.3 billion (EUR 1.1 billion) in our state and I’m proud to support efforts that make Louisiana a destination to live, work, and visit.’

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