BEGGS — Residents of a rural St. Landry Parish subdivision are having difficulty preventing garbage from scattering into yards and drainage ditches, a St. Landry Parish Council member said Monday night.
Councilman Wayne Ardoin asked the St. Landry Parish Solid Waste Commission for assistance in constructing a fenced enclosure that would protect trash from spreading across the Coteau de Fleur subdivision.
The commission took no action on the matter.
Ardoin distributed to each commissioner photographs that he said showed garbage bags and their contents lying on the roadways and private property inside the 40-household subdivision located on a private road off La. 31 between Opelousas and Leonville.
Garbage trucks owned by Progressive Waste Solutions, which is contracted by the commission to collect garbage parishwide, cannot pass down the roads leading into the subdivision, since they are owned privately.
Ardoin said the roads are also in deplorable condition, which means the Parish Council cannot accept them into the parish road maintenance system.
“Right now it (the road) looks like an upside-down turtle,” Ardoin said.
Progressive collects the garbage in Coteau de Fleur once weekly because it is in an unincorporated area of the parish, Ardoin said. Instead of collecting garbage in front of individual residences, the Coteau de Fleur pickups are made at a point near the state highway.
Resident Melvin Bradley, who also spoke at the meeting, said he is frustrated with seeing garbage spread throughout the subdivision by animals and by weather conditions.
Even new 96-gallon plastic garbage containers provided free to customers haven’t solved the problem, said Bradley, who has lived in the subdivision since 2006.
“I’ve had the Sheriff’s Department out there many times and the deputies say they can’t do anything about the situation since it’s garbage,” Bradley said.
Bradley said most of the garbage cans are placed near a sign that contains the wording of the parishwide litter ordinance.
The new garbage cans have proven inefficient at preventing the spread of litter, Bradley said, because they are being tipped over on the uneven ground at the collection area.
“I would like to have some kind of relief. This is happening right in front of my house and I am always picking up trash out of the ditch. I’m picking up the dirty diapers and everything else and putting it into cans,” Bradley said.
Lee Younge, who represented Progressive at the meeting, said he will look at the possibility of bringing in smaller trucks to collect the garbage.