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Residents upset about new trash schedule in Iberville Parish

3 years ago November 13, 2012 Nov 13, 2012 Tuesday, November 13 2012 Tuesday, November 13, 2012 2:41:11 PM CST in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Chris Nakamoto

PLAQUEMINE- Residents in Iberville Parish aren't happy with a stench that hangs in the air.  The Parish recently switched to a new trash schedule a couple of months ago to accommodate a tight budget.

Right now, residents only receive trash pickup once a week. Morticia Pierce is concerned for her health.

"Flies, gnats, stank trash everywhere, it doesn't look like the trash is going to go nowhere," Pierce said.

Pierce and other residents like Chawanda Wilson complained to their Parish Councilman.

"It would be nice to have it back like it was," Wilson said.

The Parish spends over two million dollars per year on trash pickup.  It's estimated the new trash schedule will save the parish half a million dollars per year.  However, some believe the risks far outweigh the savings.  Pierce is also worried about the holidays that are approaching.

"Turkey carcasses, all kind of leftover food in the garbage can," Pierce said.  "We're going to have to wait two weeks before we get trash picked up.  Christmas on our trash day.  New Years on our trash day, we are going to be full of trash by the time the garbage man get here."

In fact, Councilman Salaris Butler received so many complaints he's plans on introducing an item before the council to go back to the original trash schedule.

"I was against it because I looked at the budget and believe we had money to sustain twice a week trash pickup," Butler said.

The parish trash supervisor told News 2, there haven't been any real complaints since the parish switched to the new schedule in August.   He said that most people have their streets serviced before 3pm.

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