UPDATE, 2 p.m.: The Lafayette Fire Department is also reminding residents that the burning of storm debris within city limits is not only a hazard but an illegal activity.

“With current conditions, these type of fires have a tendency to spread to nearby structures or large open fields causing substantial damage and utilizing manpower,” said LFD Public Information Officer Alton Trahan. “Residents should not dispose of yard debris by burning.”

Open burning is also illegal according to Section 74-38 of the Lafayette Parish Municipal Code. The reduction or disposal of all forms of solid waste by incineration or burning is prohibited in the service area, unless allowed by and performed in accordance with other provisions in this Code.

ORIGINAL POST: LAFAYETTE, La. (KLFY) — As the recovery from Hurricane Delta begins, Lafayette Consolidated Government (LCG) is reminding residents that if they properly separate their storm debris, they will streamline the process of having it picked up.

LCG Chief Communications Officer Jamie Angelle said crews are only removing yard debris at this time. After clearing yard debris, crews will begin the pick-up of other debris types, like construction debris. Because landfills are only permitted to accept certain items, not all debris is taken to the same location.

Residents are urged to separate debris into the following catgories:

  • Vegetative Debris: Tree branches, leaves, logs, plants
  • Construction Debris: Building materials, drywall, lumber, carpet, furniture, plumbing
  • Large Appliances: Refrigerator, washer/dryer, air conditioner, stove, water heater, dishwasher
  • Household Garbage: Bagged garbage, food, paper, packaging

Debris placement guidelines are as follows:

  • Place debris curbside.
  • Do not place near or on trees, poles, fire hydrants, meters or utilities.
  • Debris should not block roadway.
  • Debris placed on the sidewalk will not be picked up.
  • Secure appliance doors.