BEGGS — New garbage bins for automated garbage pickup trucks will be delivered beginning Monday to homes in Eunice, Sunset, Grand Coteau and several rural areas of St. Landry Parish.
The 96-gallon plastic containers have been used in the Opelousas corporate limits and areas west of the city for about four weeks, inspector Velton Stelly told the parish Solid Waste Commission on Tuesday.
Stelly said about 6,500 customers will receive the containers in Eunice in addition to the Morrow area in northern St. Landry and along La. 31 in the Opelousas area.
Stelly said the second container delivery, designated for Eunice and rural areas, will go to about 10,500 homes.
When container delivery is complete, executive director Katry Martin said, about 35,000 homes will have received the new bins.
Opelousas was the first area to receive the containers, which have been issued at no cost for another approximately 10,500 customers of Progressive Waste Solutions, which has a parishwide contract to collect household garbage in St. Landry.
Since the delivery of the first containers, both the commission and the St. Landry Parish Council have been flooded with complaints about insufficient space for garbage in the 96-gallon containers, concern over pickup of limbs and household yard waste and the one-day-a-week pickup in the rural areas.
Commissioner Cyrus Auzenne said difficulties with the Opelousas-area collection service are abating as garbage truck drivers and customers become more familiar with routes and the procedures for the automated collection.
Martin told the commission that instructions to residents will be published later this week in the Daily World and Eunice News about which items can and cannot be placed in the containers.
Martin pointed out that limbs and yard debris can be placed in containers as long as they fit within the receptacles.
Other bulky items that cannot fit in the containers nevertheless will be collected by Progressive, commission attorney Chad Pitre said.
He said Progressive is obligated under the company’s garbage collection contract to pick up all parishwide garbage regardless whether or not it is placed in the containers.
However, residents who continually place excess garbage on the roads might eventually have to purchase another container from Progressive, Pitre said.
“You can’t abuse (pickup service),” he said.
Customers requiring an extra container will have to pay $95 for each one.