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Parish President talks garbage collection in St. Martin

Garbage collection continues to be an issue in St. Martin Parish.

St. Martin Parish President Chester Cedars says his office has been getting calls from irate residents about the pending changes in garbage collection.

Cedars says the parish made the change to Pelican Waste Management because the old provider charged all residents for recycling but only gave bins to those who asked for one.

Cedars also says the billing system before resulted in a more than $300-thousand dollar shortfall.

“The deficit was being paid through tax money just from another fund but its still the tax payer money that was being used to offset those 6-figure deficits therefore, you have to factor that fact into the actual cost that the consumer or resident was paying out of pocket,” Cedars said.

The parish is currently transitioning providers and the new provider, Pelican Waste and Debris will take over on July 1, 2019.

Ceders says the old provider Waste Management has picked up old cans “too early” and the new containers have not all yet been distributed to some residents.

Here are some things to know:

  • The trash cans hold 65 gallons and are blue.
  • The recycle carts are blue with bright yellow lids.
  • Garbage and recycle collection will both be one time a week.
  • Your garbage collection day will not change.
  • Bulk items will be serviced twice a month.
  • Branches no longer need to be bundled or bagged and there is a 50-pound weight limit.
  • Residents of St. Martin Parish will also be provided a household hazardous waste day, but it hasn’t been set yet.

The new company, Pelican Waste & Debris, LLC, will bill customers directly on a quarterly basis. Bills will be paid pre-service instead of post-service.

More on the new trash management can be found here: Trash and recycle changes coming to St. Martin Parish

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