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Team Green members sort through trash on a trailer during a past Trash Bash. (American Press)

Team Green members sort through trash on a trailer during a past Trash Bash. (American Press)

Lake Charles residents invited to join in Trash Bash

Last Modified: Wednesday, April 19, 2017 5:03 PM

By Emily Fontenot / American Press

In the spirit of spring cleaning, residents are invited to bring excess trash and reusable items to Team Green’s annual Residential Trash Bash on Saturday, April 22, 8-11 a.m. at Chennault International Airport.

Esther Vincent, Team Green liaison with the city of Lake Charles, said the purpose of the event is to ease the strain of heavy-duty cleaning by offering free recycling and trash services at one location.

Accepted items include electronic devices, products containing mercury including fluorescent light bulbs, all battery types, antifreeze, clothing, sofas, motor oil, paint labeled recyclable and reusable latex paint, oil, miscellaneous household trash, paper, plastic, aluminum and cardboard. Confidential paper shredding will also be available.

Unaccepted items include chemical household waste, tires, scrap iron, ammunition or explosives, asbestos materials, Freon items, lawn mowers, medical waste, medication and propane tanks.

Team Green Director Blake Trahan said the group tried something new this year by sending out reminders with city water bills. He said he was surprised by the number of calls he’s received since the mail-out from interested residents.

“I’m really looking forward to it this year because I know the word is getting out and that people are more aware of it than they have been in the past,” Trahan said.

Trahan said Habitat for Humanity will also be there to collect reusable items to help outfit new homeowners with household necessities.

“Everything they bring this weekend except for the regular household trash will be reused in some way,” Trahan said.

Participants should load their items, from first to last, as follows: reusable items like clothing and sofas, electronics, trash, all battery types, oil and antifreeze, mercury, confidential papers and paint — making paint the first to be unloaded. No dumping will be allowed before or after the event.

To get to the Trash Bash, residents traveling east or west on J. Bennett Johnston Avenue should turn south on Merganser Street and follow directions to the entry point. Parking won’t be allowed on Merganser Street.

The event, sponsored by over a dozen local organizations, is part of Keep America Beautiful’s Great American Cleanup held each year from March to the end of May.

For more information, contact 491-1481 or email A flyer is also available on the city’s website.

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