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Household Hazardous Waste Day rescheduled due to rain

Posted: 11:00 AM, May 04, 2019
Updated: 2019-05-04 14:28:01-04

UPDATE: Household Hazardous Waste Day will be held Sunday, May 5.

It was rescheduled because of rain.

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Old paint, chemicals, batteries, and electronics: You probably have a bit of it all stacked up in your garage.

You can’t throw it in the trash, and it’s going to waste just sitting there, so Lafayette Public Works wants you to bring it to Cajun Field instead. This Saturday, Household Hazardous Waste Day will take place from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.

Lafayette Public Works Manager Bess Foret says that residents in the City of Lafayette and unincorporated areas of the parish are encouraged to bring their unwanted household chemicals and electronics to be recycled or properly disposed of.

“When you pay for your garbage service in Lafayette, this is kind of a service you pay for, even though you may not see that on your utility bill. It is part of all the services we have for the public,” says Foret. “We want people to have a way to get rid of this material that’s not dumping it in the trash, that’s not dumping it out somewhere else.”

If these items are improperly disposed of, it could cause serious damage. The Waste Day service, contracted by public works, ensure that those items are safely disposed of and repurposed.

“Its a benefit for our residents because it’s a benefit for our environmental health in Lafayette,” says Foret.

And, the cause it goes to might be bigger than you think.

“We have a really great program where some latex paint that we get in actually gets reblended, and we give it to Habitat for Humanity where they can use it, and they have it in their ReStore ,” says Foret.

For a full list of items accepted for disposal and repurposing, click here .

In addition to the typical chemicals for disposal such as paint, poison, chemical cleaners, gasoline and mercury, this edition of the popular disposal day will include an electronic waste disposal option, sponsored by CGI and Capital Area Corporate Recycling Council (CACRC). Residents are also encouraged to bring fluorescent tubes, alkaline batteries, televisions, and CRT monitors.

HHWD is offered at no additional cost to those living within the City of Lafayette or unincorporated areas of the parish.

Attendees should enter the Cajun Field parking lot at Gate 4 from West Congress Street.

For updates and additional details, call the Environmental Quality Division at 291-5637.