BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD)– The City-Parish’s Department of Environmental Services is reminding residents of upcoming changes to the solid waste collection services provided to East Baton Rouge Parish residents, excluding the cities of Baker and Zachary.

The East Baton Rouge Metro Council members recently received a report on the trash, garbage and recycling needs in East Baton Rouge Parish. The city has a new contract with Republic Services.

General manager of Republic Services, Sharon Mann, says garbage has increased 15% due to more people moving to the area. While that might not seem like a significant increase, she said, it adds up on the routes.

Under the City-Parish’s contract for garbage, trash and recycling collection, the monthly solid waste collection fee covers twice-a-week garbage collection for one garbage cart per household, along with once-a-week collections for recycling and out-of-cart trash.

Beginning Sept. 1, residents with extra garbage carts will be charged $7 per month, per cart. The charge will be included on the household’s monthly solid waste, sewer and water bill.

Residents who request the return of their extra cart(s) by Aug. 17 will not be charged the additional fee. Residents can request the return of their extra cart(s) at any time by visiting; collection fees will be reduced to reflect the number of carts in service once extra carts are returned.

Residents who previously paid for an extra cart or carts will still be charged the monthly per-cart fee if they keep the extra cart(s). If residents paid for their extra cart(s) on or after Sept. 1, 2022, they will receive a refund if the extra cart(s) are returned.

Residents with extra garbage carts should visit to complete the short questionnaire about their intentions to keep or return any extra carts.

For more information on these changes and the City-Parish solid waste program, visit