Sticky trash problem solved?

Russo-Milazzo Road — The problem can be described in terms of simple math.

The average household disposes of 140 gallons of trash a week. If a trailer park has 28 households, its residents will put out 3,920 gallons of refuge Sunday through Saturday. However, this particular trailer park has a dumpster that will only hold a little over 1,500 gallons.

The solution would appear to be simple, too: put two dumpsters out, or one that’s twice as big. Or just empty the one that’s there twice as often.

Between the property owner, Jules “Jake” Lacour of Lafayette, and the contract waste hauler, Waste Management, they opted for the latter solution. But there’s a hitch.

Bottom line, trash has been piling up around the solitary and inadequate dumpster. The wind has its way with it. The neighborhood looks, well, trashy.

And the neighbors are complaining.

Parish Government is responding on two fronts. Nick Frederick, the former official in charge of enforcing zoning ordinances — now working for the assessor’s office but still juggling a few old cases — has been going back and forth between Lacour and the waste hauler. And fielding phone calls from the surrounding residents.

“It’s a sticky situtation,” he said. “Government trying to come between a private property owner and a corporation.”

The bilaterally acceptable solution, he said, is for Waste Management, which only recently took over the route from Gordon’s Landfill, to continue emptying the container twice a week.

But why all the spillage in the meantime? Jacques Privat, who rides herd on litter for the parish, did some investigating and determined that there’s a problem with Waste Management’s big trucks accessing the dumpster where it now stands.

“The truck is sticking out on the road when it’s getting the box,” Privat said.

What's been happening, apparently, is a breakdown in communication between the driver, who refuses to block the road, and the property owner who needed to be made aware of the situation, Privat said.

“(Lacour) will have to rectify that. He’ll have to build a longer slab and move that one trailer out so that he can push the box back,” Privat said.

“In the meantime, Waste Management is going to accomodate him by other means with a rear-loader truck or other trucks.”

New bottom line: Lacour vows to keep the area clean, even if he has to go to trash pickup three times a week.

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