Composting Section

The Dean Domingues Compost Facility is located at 400 Dugas Road in north Lafayette Parish. “Green waste” such as tree branches, grass and shrub trimmings are ground up and re-made into a nutrient-rich soil additive. The composting program helps to keep Lafayette’s garbage disposal rates stable; reduces waste that would otherwise go to a landfill; and best of all, citizens can pick up free compost. It’s a true win-win for Lafayette Consolidated Government and its citizens. For information call 291-8529.

Curbside yard waste collection – residents within the City of Lafayette and those residing in unincorporated Lafayette Parish have once a week curbside collection of yard waste. Only tree wood, grass, weeds, and shrub clippings will be picked up as yard waste. No trash mixed in with yard waste please. Branches/limbs should be cut no longer than four feet. Limbs can be no larger than 18 inches in diameter, and if a limb is 18” in diameter, it should be cut into two-foot sections. No single item can weigh over 50 pounds. Do not tie or bundle any branches. Simply stack them neatly in front of your house, as far away from your garbage can as possible. Smaller items such as grass and shrub clippings should be put into a yard bag, or you may place smaller yard debris into a garbage can, and leave the top off so the truck driver can identify it as yard waste. Garbage cans used for yard waste can be no larger than 35-gallons. Garbage cans full of yard waste cannot exceed 50 pounds. Bags full of yard waste cannot exceed 35 pounds. Please place regular garbage and your yard waste as far apart as possible on the curb. For information call 291-8529.

No processed wood or lumber is accepted, nor is any trash other than tree waste and green waste. Root balls from trees, with the massive quantities of roots and compacted dirt, cannot be accepted at the Compost Facility.

Large piles that a resident generates without hiring a contractor can be placed curbside, and Allied Waste will pick up the large pile. Allied Waste must be notified (phone # 232-5730) that a large pile is out for collection. Residents who have hired a contractor to cut a tree or prune large quantities of branches do not qualify for the weekly curbside collection of yard waste. Residents who hire out such work must make arrangements with the contractor to have the large quantity of tree waste removed and disposed of by the contractor. If residents bring yard waste into the facility at 400 Dugas Road, they must pay $6.00 per cubic yard (equivalent to a half-ton pickup bed full).

Please understand, Allied picks up everything that the resident can generate, without hiring out the yard work. It is not free to drive into the Compost Facility to drop yard waste for anyone. A private contractor, Allied, or a resident must all pay $6.00 per cubic yard for everything coming in the front gate. Anyone may drop yard waste Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. and on Saturdays from 7:00 a.m. until noon.

Free compost is available Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. and on Saturdays from 7:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. Machinery is available to load pickup trucks and trailers. Any vehicle with an enclosed back (a car or truck with a camper top) will require citizens to manually load, with a shovel they must bring, the desired quantity of compost into their vehicle themselves. For further information call 291-8529.

Please click this link for a brief picture overview of the composting process. Composting Process.

For more information on the Composting section please contact Sheila Prejean at (337) 291-5637 or email: sprejean@lafayettela.gov.