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LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -
The City of Lake Charles and Team Green of Southwest Louisiana will hold "Residential Trash Bash 2013" on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Chennault International Airport.
Lake Charles Mayor Randy Roach said the event is a great opportunity for residents to "spring clean."
"And properly dispose of unwanted items and in the process, contribute to the cleanliness and beauty of our community. We encourage everyone with acceptable items to participate," Roach said.
The event is held annually. Volunteers assist.
According to officials, acceptable items for residents to bring for free disposal include: Antifreeze; automotive batteries; clothing, sofas, and other reusable items; electronic devices with a plug/computer monitors and CRT monitors; mercury or any product containing mercury: chemistry sets; fluorescent light bulbs -- long or curved; maze toys; old alkaline batteries purchased before 1990 – check expiration dates; thermometers (silver liquid in tube); vials or jars of mercury – sometimes on necklaces; miscellaneous trash; motor oil; paint – labeled recyclable and reusable latex and oil; scrap metal; and tires -- five tires only, under 400 pounds per tire.
Unacceptable items include: Ammunition or explosives; asbestos materials; boats; compressed gas cylinders with valves; freon items; household hazardous waste; lawn mowers; medical waste/infectious material; medication; NiCd and lithium batteries; PCB ballasts; propane tanks; radioactive devices – fire/smoke detectors; aerosol paint cans; varnish and stain paint cans; unidentifiable paint cans; and 55 gallon drums.
Officials said the order for participants loading disposable items into their vehicle or trailer should be as follows, from first to last: Scrap metal; trash; electronics; tires -- only five per car and under 400 pounds per tire; auto batteries; oil and antifreeze; reusable items; confidential papers (shredding); mercury; and paint. Paint should be the last item loaded and the first item that will come off the vehicle or trailer. No pre-event or post-event dumping -- the city littering ordinance will be enforced.
The directions to Trash Bash are as follows:
Participants traveling east or west on J. Bennett Johnston Avenue will turn south onto Merganser St. and continue traveling south until they reach the entrance to the Trash Bash staging area on the left (next to the AEROFRAME sign). Once there, they will be directed through the unloading stations. Participants should follow the directions to the entry point and continue moving. Parking is not allowed on Merganser St.
Sponsors include: Allied Waste Services; Amerimex; Avery Archives; Capital Area Corporate Recycling Council; City of Lake Charles; Colt, Inc.; Interstate Batteries; Lake Area Industry Alliance (LAIA); Pepsi Beverages Co.; Pumpelly Oil; Salvation Army; and Waste Management.
Team Green is a City commissioned organization. Its mission is to develop and sponsor projects that enhance the region's appearance and quality. Team Green of Southwest Louisiana Residential Trash Bash 2013 is a Great American Cleanup project of Keep America Beautiful and Keep Louisiana Beautiful.