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PRESS RELEASE
Aug. 24, 2015

 

For Immediate Release

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CÚline Alis
(337) 365-1540

(888) 942-3742

celine@iberiatravel.com

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"ReMarketAble" program coming to Iberia Parish
NEW IBERIA, La. -The Iberia Development Foundation was recently selected as one of 32 non-profit organizations and institutions from across Louisiana to receive a 2015 Healthy Communities Grant from Keep Louisiana Beautiful, the state's premier anti-litter and community improvement organization.

The $10,000 grant, in partnership with the Acadiana Growers Alliance, will design, construct and promote a "ReMarketAble" recycling/reuse mobile collection system. This system of specialized bins mounted on a trailer will travel to Iberia Parish farmers markets on a regular basis. 

Market goers will be encouraged to bring designated items, which can be reused, primarily by growers and market vendors, such as glass canning jars, egg cartons and crates and plastic planting pots. Since most of these items will be reused in areas of local food production and cottage industry food processing, this program is a unique closed system of recycling that will not require collected materials to be transported to a recycling facility.

"This program stands to make significant impact on the waste associated with these local micro-businesses," explained IDF's Executive Director Michael Tarantino. "For example, a market goer purchases locally-produced jams and jellies, enjoys the product, then brings the glass jar back to the ReMarketAble trailer. The AGA member/vendor sterilizes, refills the jar with product and brings it back to market, ready for sale. It's a win-win-win situation for us all."

Additionally, the Foundation and AGA will be conducting a supporting series of free workshops, which will promote environmentally responsible topics such as kitchen recycling, garden reuse and sustainable growing techniques.

The ReMarketAble trailer is under design/construction, scheduled for debut via IDF's BestLife Iberia initiative in September and will then begin making the rounds to Iberia Parish farmers markets. Special activities are also scheduled for the weekend of America Recycles Day, November 15.


About Iberia Development Foundation
The Iberia Development Foundation's ("IDF") mission is to promote economic and community development through educational and technical assistance services to businesses and individuals to help Iberia parish grow and prosper. The Foundation administers Iberia parish's primary community development initiative, BestLife Iberia. For more information about the IDF's activities and programs, call 337-367-0834 or visit www.facebook.com/BestLifeIberia.

About the Acadiana Growers Alliance
The Acadiana Growers Alliance ("AGA") is a non-profit organization of environmentally-aware produce growers dedicated to building a local food community by cultivating abundance through empowerment, education and access. Founding members of the AGA are the growers of the Sugar City Growers Co-op, Heirloom Produce Cooperative and the Iberia Community Garden. For more info on the AGA, call Chairman Louis Lancon at 337-339-3383 or visit www.facebook.com/AcadianaGrowers.

About Keep Louisiana Beautiful
Keep Louisiana Beautiful, Inc. is the state's anti-litter and community improvement organization focused on education, enforcement, awareness and cleanups. Affiliated with Keep America Beautiful, Keep Louisiana Beautiful's mission is to promote personal, corporate and community responsibility for a clean and beautiful Louisiana. With a network of 39 affiliates in communities throughout the state, over 23,000 volunteers work toward a clean and beautiful Louisiana.

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The Iberia Parish Convention & Visitors Bureau is the official parish marketing agency promoting New Iberia, Avery Island, Jefferson Island, Jeanerette, Loreauville and Delcambre as a destination. Marketing programs target leisure travelers, business travelers, media, entertainment industry, and the travel trade including group tour planners, meeting planners, sports planners and special event planners. The bureau operates a parish welcome center located at 2513 Hwy. 14 in New Iberia.

 

For more information on parish events and tourism assets, call the Iberia Parish Convention and Visitors Bureau at 337-365-1540 or visit IberiaTravel.com

  
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