Household Chemical Day - Dec. 10th
Dec 07, 2016 11:19AM ● Published by Caitlin Marshall
Lafayette Consolidated Government (LCG) is once again hosting its Household Chemical Day (HCD) on Saturday, Dec. 10 from 8 a.m. until noon at Cajun Field. Residents in the City of Lafayette and unincorporated areas of the parish can properly dispose of household chemicals and limited electronics at the event.
In addition to the traditional chemicals for disposal such as paint, poison, chemical cleaners and mercury, this winter edition of the popular disposal day will feature an electronic waste disposal option, sponsored by CGI. Residents can bring old computers, printers and other digital electronics to be refurbished and recycled. LCG and CGI piloted the e-waste collection at the spring HCD, during which 235 residents turned in more than 10,137 pounds of electronic waste for recycling.
Lafayette Mayor-President Joel Robideaux commented, “I’m thankful to CGI for their support. As technological advancements increase and people upgrade their electronic devices, there’s a greater need to provide responsible e-waste disposal options. I think this partnership is a win-win for our citizens and our environment.” The collected electronic equipment will be refurbished by Capital Area Corporate Recycling Council and repurposed to provide technology to low income families and nonprofits.
Residents can also turn in unwanted latex paint on Dec. 10, which will be re-blended and repackaged for use by Lafayette Habitat for Humanity. Volunteers will check the quality of the paint and remix it onsite. In partnership with the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality, the paint re-blending project not only provides a needed product to a worthy cause, it also significantly reduces waste that would otherwise be sent to the landfill. At the Apr. 23 HCD event, 540 gallons of usable latex paint were salvaged, which saved LCG $8,000 in disposal costs, while also preserving the landfill.
HCD is a FREE service to those living within the City of Lafayette or unincorporated areas of the parish. Residents are encouraged to take advantage of this event to practice responsible chemical disposal. Attendees should enter the Cajun Field parking lot at Gate 2 off of Bertrand Drive, across from Rouse’s Supermarket. The event is scheduled from 8 a.m. until noon.
All details for the Dec. 10 Household Chemical Day, including the types of electronics and chemicals accepted, can be found at www.lafayettela.gov. Residents may also call the Environmental Quality Division at 291-5637.