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LCG working to improve curbside recycling in the city

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Posted at 12:15 PM, Nov 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-13 13:15:10-05

Lafayette Consolidated Government (LCG) and The Recycling Partnership are working together to reduce waste and improve curbside recycling in the city of Lafayette.

LCG says that the The “Feet on the Street” campaign will educate residents on the importance of recycling correctly and what should and should not be placed in recycling carts.

Beginning Monday, November 16 through Friday, December 11, educational stickers will be placed on carts showing which items belong in carts and those that don’t. In order for the sticker to be applied, LCG asks that residents put their carts at the road on their waste collection day.

Items that are improperly recycled or cannot be recycled can contaminate truckloads of collected materials. LCG says that once this happens those items end up in the landfill instead of being recycled. The incorrect recycling also adds additional cost, they say, as items must be sorted and hauled off for different disposal methods.

Items can also cause equipment jams at recycling processing facilities, creating hazards for workers.

“Recycling properly not only maximizes the life of the landfill, but it also gives our citizens the ability to participate directly in driving a local recycling economy and managing our resources more wisely," Mayor-President Josh Guillory said.

The “Feet on the Street” is made possible by a grant from The Recycling Partnership with funding, in part, from the Coca Cola Company, LCG says.

LCG tips for Recycling the Right Way

  • Place ONLY Flattened Cardboard, Paper, Metal Cans, and Plastic Bottles and Jugs in your bin.
  • Items should be free of food residue.
  • Clean – rinse cans, plastic bottles and jugs, shake off the water
  • Dry – Items should be dry before placing them inside a recycling cart.
  • Do not bag recycling. Only place loose items in a recycling cart.
  • When in doubt, throw it out.

Learn more about what is and is not acceptable to recycle in Lafayette at www.old.lafayettela.gov/recycling

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