Spring cleaning gets serious next weekend: Events promote clean community, hazardous disposal

Published 12:09 am Saturday, April 22, 2017

LAPLACE — If spring cleaning is your thing, St. John the Baptist Parish is hosting one event to help while another event offers an outlet for your energy.

The 19th annual Household Hazardous Materials Collection Day will be held from 9 am. to 1 p.m. April 29 at the Plaza LaPlace Shopping Center at 1921 Airline Highway in LaPlace (the New Wine Ministries parking lot).

St. Charles Parish residents may go to the Jerusalem Shriners Hall at 1940 Ormond Boulevard.

Also on April 29, Keep St. John Beautiful will hold its annual Spring Clean Sweep, a parish-wide clean-up day involving community organizations, neighborhood associations, civic groups, schools and churches.

“Clean Sweep is a great opportunity to lead by example and work together to make St. John a cleaner place to live and work,” said Parish President Natalie Robottom. “I encourage all of our residents and community organizations to promote beautification by joining us on Saturday, April 29. This year, the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day will be held on the same day, so residents are also encouraged to utilize this time to clean homes and businesses and remove any unwanted materials through proper disposal.”

Residents may bring all those hard-to-get-rid-of hazardous waste materials and items, which will be collected and disposed of properly with no harm to the environment.

Volunteers will accept oil-based paint, latex paint, solvents, automotive batteries, used oil, antifreeze, household cleaning products, aerosol cans, acids/bases, fluorescent tubes, tars, resins adhesives, pesticides, herbicides, scrap metal, major appliances and used computers, copiers, printers, radios, TVs and other electronic devices.

There will be a limit of five tires per vehicle.

Materials that will not be accepted include explosives, ammunition, unidentifiable materials, infectious waste materials, compressed gas cylinders (including propane tanks), asbestos, radioactive wastes (smoke alarms), high school lab wastes and commercial/governmental facility waste.

Residents are asked not to bring paper, cardboard, aluminum cans, plastic and glass, all of which can be brought to regular recycling drop-off points. Construction debris will not be accepted. Visit hhmcd.com for more details.

As an added incentive, Pelican Point Car Wash, which is currently under construction near the St. John Parish drop-off site, will donate one platinum wash to each vehicle bringing materials for donation, as well as to each volunteer, valid at any of the company’s locations.

Last year’s event collected 38 tons of materials at the two locations, according to Lance Traylor of Marathon Petroleum, one of the coordinators of this year’s event.

OxyChem-Taft also is one of the event coordinators. Several local chemical plants are sponsors.

According to statistics gathered, the largest recycling category was 17,724 pounds of used electronics and 11,866 pounds of paint was collected to be recycled.

The Parish Clean Sweep has been held each year since 2008.

The West Bank will hold its Clean Sweep today, with more than 100 volunteers signed up. The meeting place is the Airnasium in Edgard.

The East Bank Clean Sweep begins at 8:30 a.m. April 29 at Thomas F. Daley Memorial Park on U.S. 51 with the distribution of garbage bags, gloves, trash clamps and T-shirts. It will conclude at approximately 11 a.m.

After the clean-up, free food, refreshments and music will be provided at the park.

Groups and individuals wishing to participate are asked to sign up in advance at sjbparish.com or by calling Terri Abadie at 985-652-9569.