Get rid of hazardous trash for free this Saturday

Published 12:05 am Wednesday, April 13, 2016

LAPLACE — For the 18th year, St. John the Baptist and St. Charles Parishes industries will host the annual Household Hazardous Materials Collection Day from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

St. James Parish, Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality and Louisiana Department of Agriculture & Forestry are also supporting the event.

The event provides households an opportunity to properly dispose or recycle materials that are inappropriate for curbside pickup.

Jay Lambremont with Marathon Petroleum Company and Lynette Currier with OxyChem – Taft are the event coordinators for local industries sponsoring the event.

“Please mark your calendar and plan to attend this annual event,” Currier said. “We have two locations: one in St. Charles Parish on the west bank and another in St. John the Baptist Parish on the east bank. We urge everyone to take advantage of this opportunity. Please clean out hazardous materials from your garage, utility room or shed and properly dispose of  these wastes on April 16 at one of these two available sites.”

Lambremont said organizers are looking forward to collecting household hazardous materials from the community.

“Please visit the event website for event details and ongoing recycling opportunities at,” Lambremont said. “At last year’s Household Hazardous Materials Collection event, with 71 volunteers, we collected over 37.5 tons of potentially harmful materials and prepared them for recycling, recovery, treatment or disposal. We unloaded materials from 523 vehicles at both locations.”

The collection locations are in St. John the Baptist Parish at the Plaza LaPlace Shopping Center at 1921 Airline Highway in LaPlace, known as the New Wine Ministries parking lot, and in St. Charles Parish in Luling at the School Board Office parking lot, located at 13855 River Road.

According to statistics gathered in 2015, the largest recycling category was 19,029 pounds of used electronics and 10,000 pounds of paint.

The following household hazardous materials will be accepted and properly disposed of or recycled:  oil-based paint, latex paint, solvents, tires (limit five per vehicle and one delivery only), automotive and other rechargeable batteries, household cleaning products, acids/bases, used oil, antifreeze, aerosol cans, fluorescent lamps, pesticides, herbicides, scrap metal, major appliances and used electronics, such as used computers, copiers, printers, radios, TVs and other electronic devices.

Organizers cannot accept explosives, ammunition, infectious medical wastes, unidentifiable materials, compressed gas cylinders (including propane tanks), radioactive wastes (smoke alarms), asbestos, high school lab wastes or commercial/governmental facility waste, including in-home business waste.

There is a limit of five tires per vehicle.

Anyone with questions can email to the Household Hazardous Materials Collection Day hotline at