Trash on highways unsightly, dangerous
By Patrick Yoes - Feb 02, 2006
I bet in a post Katrina world, there isn’t a single driver in southeast Louisiana who doesn’t have at least one story about debris falling from a trash truck either striking their vehicle, caused them to take dangerously evasive actions, or striking something on the roadway. With tons and tons of Hurricane Katrina trash being hauled to landfills, most all of which are located on the west bank just over the Jefferson and St. Charles Parish lines, it seems as though all roads to the landfills lead through St. Charles Parish, even from parishes far to our east. All of this has local residents experiencing a much larger percentage of driving challenges than any other community.
The rebuilding of southeast Louisiana is a regional effort and as such, we all share in the responsibility. But, there needs to be balance, the hauling of trash is no exception. This is something that has taken on a greater emphasis after DEQ has drastically reduced the amount of debris that can be placed in a New Orleans East dump making the dump near St. Charles Parish the only receptacle for what will certainly be a year or two of the same volume of hauling traffic through our area.
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