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Reminder: It is illegal to burn debris in Lafayette

Posted at 1:51 PM, Oct 12, 2020

Lafayette Fire Department (LFD) is reminding residents of Lafayette Parish to refrain from burning storm debris or open burning following Hurricane Delta.

Burning storm debris within city limits is a significant fire hazard, LFD Public Information Officer Alton Trahan explains, “With current conditions, these type of fires have a tendency to spread to nearby structures or large open fields causing substantial damage and utilizing manpower. Residents should not dispose of yard debris by burning.”

Open burning is also illegal according to Section 74-38 of the Lafayette Parish Municipal Code. The reduction or disposal of all forms of solid waste by incineration or burning is prohibited in the service area, unless allowed by and performed in accordance with other provisions in this Code.

Citizens are asked to dispose of the yard waste and bulky items at curbside according to the following guidelines:

Separate into Categories (Do not place items in bags)

Vegetative Debris

Tree branches, leaves, logs, plants

Construction Debris

Building materials, drywall, lumber, carpet, furniture, plumbing


Television, computer, stereo, phone, DVD player

Large Appliances

Refrigerator, washer/dryer, air conditioner, stove, water heater, dishwasher

Hazardous Waste

Oil, battery, pesticide, paint, cleaning supplies, compressed gas

Household Garbage

Bagged garbage, food, paper, packaging

Debris Placement Guidelines
• Place debris curbside.
• Do not place near or on trees, poles, fire hydrants, meters or utilities.
• Debris should not block roadway.
• Debris placed on the sidewalk will not be picked up.
• Secure appliance doors.