Recycling, Composting, and Household Chemicals
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Why is there no recycling outside of the City of Lafayette or for residents who reside in apartments?
There is a system of recycling for residents in unincorporated Lafayette Parish and apartment dwellers – it’s a recycling drop-off system. The same recyclable items that are collected with the curbside recycling program can be dropped off at the Recycling Foundation at 107 I-G Lane (call 234-0066). Those items consist of paper (newspaper, magazines, catalogs, phone books, food boxes, and cardboard boxes); steel cans (“tin cans”) that contained food; aluminum cans; food and beverage glass bottles and jars (please, no drinking glasses, vases, dinner plates, etc., ONLY food and beverage glass bottles and jars); and plastic containers with the recycling symbol and the numbers 1-7 inside the symbol (no Styrofoam or plastic bags, please). Items are mixed in the outside containers and do not need to be separated. The location for recycling drop-off is below:
2. Why does the Compost Facility stop giving away compost at 3:00 p.m.?
The "Dean Domingues Compost Facility" is located at 400 Dugas Road. The facility is open Monday – Friday 7:00 am until 3:30 pm and on Saturday 7:00 am till noon. The compost give away hours are: Monday – Friday 7:30 a.m. till 3:00 p.m. and on Saturday 7:30 am till 11:30 am. We stop giving away compost at 3:00 pm on weekdays and at 11:30 am on Saturdays, so that we can perform strict daily maintenance on the many machines that make the facility operate efficiently.
3. Why is there a size limit on the yard waste I put out for collection?
Lafayette's yard waste goes to the Dean Domingues Compost Facility where it is ground up and set out in rows to decompose. The final product is a nutrient-rich soil additive for gardens and landscaping that is given to residents for free. The Compost Facility is a high maintenance operation reducing waste that would normally go to an expensive landfill by 30%. With the massive amount of incoming material, we need citizens in the city and unincorporated Lafayette Parish to keep tree limbs to the following limits. No piece of tree wood over six feet in length. For larger diameter tree trunks, no single piece of tree wood can weigh over 50 pounds. Nothing is to be set out at the curb for collection or dropped off at the Compost Facility except tree wood and green waste such as grass, weeds, and shrub trimmings. etc. No processed wood or other trash is accepted at the Compost Facility. You may put your "clean" yard debris for collection in an open trash can so the Republic Services can see its yard debris. Garbage cans used for yard waste can be no larger than 35-gallons, and when full cannot exceed 50 pounds. Full bags of yard waste cannot exceed 35 pounds. If it’s larger sizes, make a pile on the ground properly placed so that the Republic Services yard waste trucks has access to the pile with large equipment. When you have paid a tree removal company to prune or remove a tree, the homeowner is responsible for removing the debris. Republic Services will not pick up debris from tree removal contracts that have been hired out.
4. There are some items that I’ve put out with my trash to be picked up by Republic Services that they never have picked up. What do I do with the old paint and tires that Republic Services will not pick up and why will they not pick up these items?
Republic Services is the waste contractor that picks up garbage and yard waste from citizens in the city of Lafayette and unincorporated Lafayette Parish. City residents and unincorporated residents of the Parish have once a week garbage pickup and once a week yard waste pick up. Republic Services will pick up bulky items such as sofas and chairs and appliances once a month. (Click here to to see a list of items that are collected.) These items will be picked up by a particular section of the City and Parish. In other words, all residents are in a section of Lafayette which is in a pickup zone scheduled for week 1, week 2, week 3, or week 4. Residents with bulky waste and/or appliances to be picked up should call Republic Services at 232-5730 to notify them that an appliance and/or bulky waste is out at their residence for collection. Old tires and hazardous or toxic liquids will not be picked up by Republic Services, as they have been banned from landfills. Residents may drop off up to five tires per day, free of charge, at one of the two sites in Lafayette Parish. Residents should call the Environmental Quality Division at 291-8529 to find out where to drop off tires and how to properly deal with hazardous household chemicals and to find out how to properly dispose of certain (limited) items such as paint, motor oil and antifreeze.