Legal dumping sites now available for Calcasieu residents - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Legal dumping sites now available for Calcasieu residents

CALCASIEU PARISH, LA (KPLC) -

Calcasieu parish residents can now legally dump solid waste thanks to two new residential solid waste convenience centers. Voters passed a half cent sales tax to bring these waste facilities to the area. Now just over a year later, the doors are open to the public, even on the weekends.

After a brief press conference and ribbon cutting ceremony today, lake area residents now have full access to the solid waste facilities. Two locations make it more convenient for residents across the community. Both facilities are open Thursday through Monday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Officials are hoping the hours of operation and locations can make a difference.

"Hopefully it will stop the littering also," said Calcasieu parish police jury President Guy Brame. "They don't have to dump it on the side of the road. They have a place to bring it free."

When arriving at the centers, a valid driver's license must be presented before dumping. Metal, solid waste and tires are among items accepted by the centers, but there is a limit of five tires per day.

For a community that has long been struggling with illegal dumping, these facilities are more than welcome.

"I really hope that these facilities will reduce the amount of waste that we find along the roads or along somebody's yard or in their yard," said East Facility Superintendent Gregory Corbello.

The centers also house recyclable goods such as aluminum cans, paper and cardboard. No medical waste is allowed, and all waste must fit in the provided containers.

"We are excited because the people of Calcasieu parish needed this greatly," said Corbello. "We would find trash along the roads. People were always calling us ‘asking what can we do with it?' The only thing they could do with it was go to a site, and they had to pay."

The West Facility is located on post Oak Road in Sulphur, while the east facility is on Swift Plant Road in Lake Charles.

For a complete list of items you can bring to the facility, check out the links page on kplctv.com.

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