Editorial: Take advantage of Saturday's Trash Bash

Several dusty six-year-old cans of house paint, half-full, sit on a shelf in the garage beside an out-dated, oversized computer monitor. An old sofa with ripped seat cushions lines the back wall a few feet away. Sound familiar? Just what does one do with this kind of unwanted stuff?

The good news is that there is a

simple two-word solution: Trash Bash. During one day each April, area

residents have the

opportunity to rid their homes, yards, storage sheds and garages

of unwanted items like the ones mentioned above at Residential

Trash Bash sponsored by the City of Lake Charles and Team Green of

Southwest Louisiana. There is no cost to residents for

item disposal.

Even better news is that the wait for this day of purging is over. Trash Bash will be held from 8-11 a.m. tomorrow at Chennault

International Airport.

Acceptable items for disposal

include antifreeze, automotive batteries, clothing, sofas and other

reusable items, electronic

devices with a plug, computer monitors, CRT monitors, mercury or

any product containing mercury, chemistry sets, fluorescent

light bulbs, maze toys, old alkaline batteries purchased before

1990, thermometers, vials or jars of mercury, miscellaneous

trash, motor oil, paint, scrap metal and tires.

The City and Team Green of

Southwest Louisiana are to be applauded for offering residents this

service. So to are this year’s

event sponsors: Allied Waste Services, Amerimex, Avery Archives,

Capital Area Corporate Recycling Council, Interstate Batteries,

Lake Area Industry Alliance, Pepsi Beverages Co., Pumpelly Oil,

Salvation Army and Waste Management.

Across the river, the City of

Sulphur had it’s own cleanup day recently. Citgo Lake Charles

Manufacturing Complex partnered

with Keep Calcasieu Beautiful, Stine, the City of Sulphur, Team

Green and Waste Management to host the fifth annual E-Recycle

Day on March 23.

During this event, 255 vehicles drove through the Stine parking lot in Sulphur to discard computers, monitors, televisions,

light bulbs, batteries, cell phones and other electronic devices. The televisions alone that were dropped off on that day

filled an 18-wheel truck.

Residential Trash Bash, E-Recycle Day and other similar events help make our community cleaner and more clutter-free, one

home at a time.

Take advantage of the opportunity to make a difference tomorrow by participating in Residential Trash Bash.

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This editorial was written by a member of the American Press Editorial Board. Its content reflects the collaborative opinion of the Board, whose members include Bobby Dower, Jim Beam, Crystal Stevenson and Donna Price.

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