Republic Services will not collect residential garbage or recycling in Lafayette Parish on Monday, January 20, 2020 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Last year, the Lafayette city-parish council passed an ordinance to give sanitation workers the day off. Earlier on Friday, LCG stated trash would be collected, but that is not the case.
A meeting last year ushered in a change for Lafayette on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, when former councilman Kennth Boudreaux authored a resolution to suspend trash services.
But a year later, "they're like, no, we aren't doing it. I'm like, 'Woah!' We need to figure out what's going on."
Although the resolution passed last year, LCG sent out a release Friday morning, indicating garbage would still be picke dup. Boudreaux called the city to have the issue corrected.
"Whether is was an oversight, lack of knowledge in transition, we got it right at the end," Boudreaux said.
Boudreaux authored the resolution after a visit to the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, where Dr. King was assassinated.
"At the Martin Luther King celebration in Memphis I realized, we here in Lafayette should not be conducting the business that killed Martin Luther King. It struck me that at the time of his death he was in Memphis advocating for sanitation workers, fighting on behalf of laborers, and here in Lafayette, a very progressive city, we were still providing services, and that's a national holiday," Boudreaux said.
Below is additional information regarding trash pickup in Lafayette Parish on MLK Day:
Residential customers will receive garbage collection on the day following their usual pickup day. Regular Monday customers will receive collection on Tuesday, Tuesday customers will receive collection on Wednesday, Wednesday customers will receive collection on Thursday, Thursday customers will receive collection on Friday and Friday customers will receive collection on Saturday.
Lafayette Consolidated Government's Compost Facility at 400 N Dugas Rd., located off of N. University Ave., will be closed on Monday in observation of the MLK holiday. The facility will reopen at 7 a.m. on Tuesday.
The MLK Holiday schedule will only be affecting the following customers:
- City and Parish of Lafayette Customers
- City of Scott Customers
- City of New Iberia Customers
- City of St. Martinville Customers
- Town of Henderson Customers