Mar 24, 2011 7:59 PM by Carolyn Cerda

Recycling Push

Lafayette is pushing to become greener. Officials say, 50% of those who have curbside recycling bins use them. That's more than those in major cities, like Los Angeles.

"I would call us a model community in Louisiana and even in the Gulf South," said Mark Pope with the Lafayette Consolidated Government.

City officials gathered Thursday for a meeting presented by The League of Women Voters of Lafayette. The meeting's topic was, "Treasure or Trash? Recycling Makes the Difference."

"When you recycle material you keep it out of the landfill," said Pope.

Right now, residents in cities that offer curbside pick up are paying $2.21 for the service, even if they don't use it.

"That's a fraction of what people are paying for garbage service," said Pope. "And look at the value added from the recycling effort that Recycling Foundation does."

"When you recycle one aluminum can, it saves enough energy to run a television for 4 hours," said Maurie Robicheaux, manager at The Recycling Foundation. "Any resident in the cities Lafayette, Carencro, Youngsville... if you bring your garbage to the street you do have curbside recycling available to you."

Robicheaux says it can take up to 90% more energy, gas and water to manufacture a new product, instead of the costs to recycling it. She hopes that more Acadiana cities go green.

"It may be a little bit more expensive in the beginning but, over the long term they would actually save money," said Robicheaux. "This in not our earth we are only borrowing it from our children which is so true our children are going to have to deal with all the issues we leave behind."

To find out if you can get a recycle bin in Lafayette Parish, call (337)234-0066.



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