ST. LANDRY PARISH, La. (KLFY) – More and more piles of trash are becoming mounds of trash for St. Landry Parish Solid Waste.
General manager Richard LeBouef says it’s a situation that’s spiraling out of control.
“For years it’s been the norm, thinking it’s okay because the parish is large and rural. It’s rough and it’s not getting better.
Last week in the town of Eunice alone, LeBouef says crews picked up 35 tons of trash.
He said and it was only what was left on the side of the road.
“It’s a deterrent to bringing people into our parish.”
St. Landry Parish Solid Waste operates with revenues of eight-tenths of a cent.
“We collect garbage. We make a cumbersome journey. We also do a veg scrap and it has to be 75 pounds, no more than 6 feet long,” says LeBouef.
He says the litter mounds are up to 10ft high in some areas and says they not only block roads, making travel unsafe, but are also harmful to the environment.
“We see things thrown into the bayous like washing machines. We see white goods like dishwashers, dryers, refrigerators thrown in there. We see businesses closing their doors and leaving things on the curb.
He says the ongoing abuses are straining the ministry and its resources.
“We have to send a truck. It takes manpower. You need diesel,” says LeBouef.
In a conversation with District Attorney Chad Pitre, LeBouef said he was prepared to take legal action against violators.
“Your license can be revoked and it can go as far as a criminal offense up to $5,000 and 30 days in jail,” LeBouef said.