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CALCASIEU PARISH, LA (KPLC) -
"Before these centers were open, we
got frequent calls for public works crews to assist in cleaning up illegally
dumped trash and debris on a regular basis," said Assistant Director of Public
Works Theresa Champeaux.
But not anymore. The two solid waste
convenience centers are making a big difference in Calcasieu Parish. In fact
the inmate litter pick-up teams say trash is becoming more difficult to spot.
"They're saying that it's hard for
them to find things now, which is a great thing in this community," said special
projects coordinator Jason Barnes. "Now this parish still has a problem with
littering. We still have a lot of simple littering, throwing out cigarette
butts and everything, but the illegal dumps being on the side of the road,
that's really been a huge reduction and it's really in thanks to this
The centers accept many types of waste,
even recyclable goods. Since opening in December, the scrap metal sold from the
center has generated over $30,000 in revenue, providing additional money for
"I think they're very important," said
Champeaux. "The citizens voted in a tax to build and support these centers, and
I believe the ones that use it see a very big benefit from it."
While these convenient centers have
put a large dent in illegal dumping in Calcasieu Parish, during certain times
of the year, the problem still exists.
"When you get into crawfish season and
hunting season," said Barnes. "We still have a very big issue of people taking
deer, taking the remains that they don't need and dumping them in ditches and
bayous, and you have animal carcasses and all that."
The centers accept wood, vegetation, metal,
which means any storm debris from this past weekend can be disposed of at either
convenience center location.
"If someone has the ability to take
care of the destruction that was wrought in their yard, either vegetative or
awnings coming down or fences coming down, and they have the ability to take
care of that, they can bring it here and dispose of it, and we'll take it from
there," said Champeaux.
The two centers are
located on Post Oak Road in Sulphur and Swift Plant Road in Lake Charles.
They're open Thursday
through Monday from 5 am to 7 pm.