Ascension Parish Household Hazardous Materials Collection Day was held Saturday, May 20 at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center and was, by all measures, a huge success.

According to Parish officials, 405 vehicles dropped off more than 39 tons of materials. The Parish Council appropriated $50,000 for this year’s program.

“I want to commend my staff for this success. They put in a lot of work to make this happen,” Matassa said. “And I especially want to thank our sponsors and volunteers for their participation. We could not have done this without them.”

Matassa noted that dozens of volunteers from BASF and DEQ were on hand, as well as trustees from the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office. Dumpsters were provided by Allied Waste/Republic Waste Services, and pallets by Ascension Storage. Lunch was served by Wally Taillon and the Jambalaya Festival Association. Also contributing were Wal-Mart, Ralph’s Market, Lowes, Home Depot, Ascension Fire District #1, Battery Doctor, Environmental Industries Recycling, LA Scrap Metal Recycling, Winn Dixie, PSC, and the Capital Area Recycling Center.

The next Household Hazardous Materials Collection is planned for Spring 2018.

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