26 tons of hazardous waste dumped at collection event
And Fred Goodson, engineer and event coordinator from Shell Chemical Company, told the Herald-Guide that residents’ participation could be a sign that the community is becoming more environmentally conscious.
“We count the number of cars that roll through events like this to drop off materials, not people, and we had 493 cars roll through unloading 53,000 pounds of unwanted hazardous materials,” Goodson said.
“It was definitely a community effort, and all of the material will be put to good use and recycled back into the environment,” he continued.
For example, Lamp Environmental Industries, Hammond collected fluorescent lights.
The company will crush the glass and reuse it to make more fluorescent lights.
“The tires we collect are sent to Colt Tire Co. in Lafayette, and will be shredded,” Goodson said.
“Sometimes the shredded tire material will be used as padding for playgrounds or as part of the asphalt material to build new roadways.”
Technology Exchange Co., from Hammond, takes old computers and refurbishes them to be sold on E-Bay, an Internet bidding site where goods are exchanged for money.
“The other computers and electronics that can not be repaired and sold are demanufactured, which means they are broken down and the materials are separated into scrap metal, plastics, and metals and recycled accordingly,” Goodson said.
Phillip Services Inc., from Garyville, provided waste management services for all of the hazardous liquids.
“The latex paint will be reused as paint,” Good said.
“But the oil base paint gets recycled as blending fuel for its heating value,” he continued.
“Poisons and pesticides that we don’t want to dispose of at the landfill will be burned in the incinerator.”
Although residents came out in droves, Goodson said the next recycle event won’t be held until May 2008.
“There will probably be other hazardous events in other parishes, however this is an annual event for us,” he continued.
“We are really fortunate to have local companies that can take the scrap metal, the electronics and the fluorescent lamps, because its unusual to have those kinds of company nearby.”
Goodson said in many cases the materials would have to be sent to other states, but this area is fortunate to have recycle facilities right at their own backdoor.
Subscribe Today and Save!!!
St. Charles Herald-Guide is an award-winning newspaper that covers all aspects of St. Charles Parish - from schools and parish government news to social events, features on our local residents and sports.
Order your subscription today!
It wasn’t always pretty, especially in the first half, but the Destrehan Wildcats...
Former Hahnville High School teacher Royd Anderson will appear in a Lifetime TV...
Business owners and St. Charles Parish Council members have expressed concern over...
After only one season, Boutte-resident Kip Benoit’s reality TV series about hunting...
After years of searching for an ideal spot to build a public boat launch, St....
For the second week in a row the Hahnville Tigers allowed their opponent to come...
Southwest Funding, LP Branch #920 (NMLS 32139) is your local mortgage company caring about your personal mortgage needs for all purchasing, refinancing, and reverse mortgages. All credit and employment considered.
Destrehan man accused of stabbing girlfriend to death pleads not guilty by reason of insanity - 6042 views
Destrehan resident Bruce Bourgeois Jr., who is accused of stabbing his live-in girlfriend to death before severely injuring her mother, has been indicted by a grand jury on three charges in connection with the case.