Hundreds of St. Charles Parish residents will receive a letter informing them they have 30 days to turn in their second garbage cart or see their garbage bill double.
The announcement comes days after the parish suspended its recycling program because of skyrocketing hauling costs for recyclables.
Contract Monitoring Specialist Chandra Sampey told the Parish Council at the Oct. 21 meeting that garbage service provider, Houma-based Pelican Waste & Debris, audited customers and found more than 600 residents have two garbage carts.
The company is paid per cart, Sampey said.
“The rule is in place because if they didn’t have that stipulation in the contract every resident in the parish would have two, three or four cans,” she said. “Those cans cost over $79 per cart. Every company that has come through here in the last 20 years has struggled with keeping up with cart containers.”
The previous provider, Waste Solutions (formerly Progressive Waste), had not audited residents in more than six years, Sampey said.
Residents pay $16.69 a month for garbage service per household, a cost that will double if they keep the second cart, Sampey said. They have the option to return the cart to avoid the increase. Residents can also buy a garbage bin from a retailer and Pelican will empty it at no extra cost although it will not maintain or service the cart.
Sampey said they are working with Pelican to notify residents with two carts and to help return them.
“This conversation stinks.” — Councilman Dick Gibbs
Those who don’t respond will see their garbage bill double, Sampey said.
Councilman Dick Gibbs responded, “This conversation stinks.”
Councilwoman Wendy Benedetto said constituents have called to say their second cart was picked up, but Sampey said they stopped Pelican from collecting them until residents could be notified.
To turn in a cart, she said residents could contact her office at (985) 783-5102 Ext. 4490.
- April 2014: Progressive Waste (now called Waste Solutions) files suit against the parish when it withholds a $29,000 payment over not picking up large debris piles. By 2016, the parish changes its garbage collection provider.
- December 2016: Pelican Waste and Debris becomes the parish’s new garbage service provider.