Police Jury wants public to separate its own debris

Almost four weeks after Hurricane Ike, the Vermilion Parish Police Jury is asking residents who have debris at the road due to the hurricane to separate it into different piles.

The Police Jury has not yet hired a contractor to pick up the debris but the Jury does know that when the contractor does begin picking up the debris (in the next two weeks), it will pick up the trash faster that are in different piles.

A contractor is expected to take 60 days and it will cost the Police Jury at least $1 million. FEMA is expected to pay 75 percent of the bill, and the Police Jury is responsible for 25 percent or at least $250,000.

The Jury would like residents who have already gutted their homes and hauled their trash into one pile, to go back and separate it into different smaller piles.

“It has to be separated. All we can do is ask,” said Chris Theriot, secretary of the Police Jury.

The Police Jury would like the debris separated into specific piles.

The piles are:

• house hold garbage (bagged trash, food, paper)

• Construction debris (building materials, sheet rock, lumber, plumbing)

• Vegetation debris (trees, logs and leaves)

• Household Hazardous Waste (oils, batteries, pesticides, paints, cleaning supplies)

• White goods (refrigerators, washer dryers, freezers, stoves, dishwashers)

• Electronics (TVs, radios, computers, stereros, telephones).

The reason for the separation is because the debris has to be placed in different cells at the Vermilion Parish landfill.

The white goods can not be mixed with the electronics or construction debris.

By separating the debris, it will make the removal process quicker, Theriot said.

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