Tires, cardboard boxes and plastic bags linger around The Recycling Foundation dumpsters on I-G Lane in Lafayette.
Matt Taylor, general manager of a business just across the street, says the problem has been getting worse over the last year.
"What we had was blowing waste—blowing trash…before we could do anything outside, I was having to pay my guys to go clean up the mess," says Taylor.
The problem got even worse in the last three months, says Taylor. Lafayette City-Parish President Joey Durel says they began cleaning up the mess and found an even bigger problem.
"We found there's a lot of household garbage. There are things out there that are not meant to be recycled. Businesses have dumped some things out there. The danger I see is that it jeopardizes the ability for people in the unincorporated areas to come and have a place to recycle," says Durel.
Last March, The Recycling Foundation caught fire. All that remains is a vacant lot and dumpsters for drop-off—left for the parish's Environmental Quality Department to patrol.
"We'll come up with a method or a way to police it…where the people who do abuse it—the small minority of people that do abuse it—don't jeopardize what the majority of people want to do properly," says Durel.
Taylor says he's happy with the quick response and the bulk of the trash being cleared out. He says he's still worried about smaller debris being left behind, though Durel says they're planning to have it out by Wednesday.
For more information on curbside recycling in the city of Lafayette, you can call: (337) 291-5638.
1808 Eraste Landry Rd, PO Box 90665,
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