LCG held the final Household Hazardous Waste Day of the year today at Cajun Field. Lafayette residents and those in unincorporated areas of Lafayette Parish were encouraged to bring their unwanted household chemicals and electronics to be recycled or properly disposed.
Typically, hazardous chemicals such as paint, poison, chemical cleaners, gasoline, and mercury have been accepted at the biannual event. But this year, the event included an electronic waste disposal option, sponsored by CGI and Capital Area Corporate Recycling Council. Residents were encouraged to bring items such as fluorescent tubes and alkaline batteries.
Residents could also bring in unwanted latex paint, which will be re-blended and packaged for use by Lafayette Habitat for Humanity.
Hazardous Waste Day is offered at no cost to those living within the city of Lafayette or the unincorporated areas of Lafayette Parish.
Pam Ford, HSW Operations Manager, explained the event's purpose is "to keep these materials out of our landfills. If not just for us, for our grandkids, our great-grandkids...because this stuff would sit there in a landfill and eventually permeate to our creeks, our waterways, and our ground."
For a full list of accepted waste and where to recycle items not accepted at Hazardous Waste Day, click here.