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LCG reminds residents not to overload waste services with adhering to stay at home order

Republic Services sees increased trash and delays
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Posted at 11:27 AM, Mar 27, 2020

LCG is asking residents to be mindful of not overfilling trash bins and delaying services to other residents.

"As we deal with COVID-19, more Lafayette Parish residents are staying home, leading to an increase of household garbage collected curbside. All garbage and recycling trucks out on the road fill up faster, forcing the drivers to leave their routes more often to unload," a release states.

Lafayette Consolidated Government and Republic Services are asking residents to cooperate to help continue with uninterrupted services and to protect employees along their collection routes.

“LCG and Republic services are doing everything we can to make sure service is not delayed or interrupted during this unprecedented time. We are asking residents to be mindful of not overloading the system and facilitating the collection by adhering to a few guidelines.," Bess Foret, LCG Environmental Quality Manager said.

The guidelines are as follows:

  • s usual, all garbage should be bagged. Do not put loose garbage in carts. Loose items are likely to fly out of carts, causing Republic Services’ staff to handle the items. Although employees wear gloves, LCG and Republic Services want to limit direct contact with trash, potentially exposing employees to COVID-19.
  • As people are generating more trash, carts are being overfilled, preventing lids from closing. To ensure the lid is fully closed, please avoid overfilling, which leads to spillage.
  • Generating more trash, customers have resorted to using recycling carts as a second garbage can. This has led to contaminating recyclables that must be dumped at the landfill, instead of taken to and processed at a separate facility. Please, use carts for their intended use. Put trash in the trash cart and recycling in the recycling cart.
  • Since the priority is collecting garbage, if you have yard waste or bulky items curbside, be patient with collection time.

The Compost Facility will not offer compost until the Governor John Bell Edwards’ stay-at-home order is over. Citizens can call 337-291-8529 to report a missed collection, a broken cart or for any other questions or concerns.