News Alert: DEQ encourages residents to dispose of storm debris
Posted: 9/1/2012 2:50:43 PM
Louisiana Business Emergency Operations Center


JOINT INFORMATION CENTER

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 1, 2012

State of Louisiana News Desk #: 225.358.5361


DEQ encourages residents to dispose
of storm debris


Baton Rouge, La. - The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality encourages residents in areas affected by Hurricane Isaac to collect trash and debris and place them curbside for proper disposal.

Household chemicals can become hazardous in storm-damaged homes. Examples of materials that may need special disposal or recycling include electronics, batteries, computer hardware, paint, cleaning products, solvents, and lawn and garden products. Materials should be sorted curbside to help expedite clean up efforts.

Segregate all wastes generated into five categories:

  • Vegetative yard waste (tree limbs, leaves, etc.)
  • Household chemicals, paint, herbicides, pesticides, caustic and flammable liquids (keep these items separated and in their original containers)
  • White goods (refrigerators, washers, dryers, stoves and similar appliances) Freezers and refrigerators set out for recycling should have the food removed.
  • Electronic appliances (computers, laptops, televisions, stereos, etc.)
  • All other solid, nonhazardous wastes/debris (building materials, furniture, etc.)

When placing these wastes at curbside for pickup, keep each group separated from the other. Where possible, residents should mark containers clearly before placing them out for disposal.

For more information on re-entry, please go to the DEQ Web site and access the flood re-entry fact sheet, www.deq.louisiana.gov.

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