BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – East Baton Rouge Parish residents could be paying over $35 a month for trash to be picked up twice a week.
Why is Baton Rouge’s fee so high? Director of Transportation Fred Raiford said inflation and increased prices have made an impact. The new contract between the city’s servicer, Republic Services, and the city will begin in March.
The city is also set to consider a once-a-week collection at a lower rate in January.
So, what are other residents in nearby parishes paying? How often do their garbage trucks come?
Who picks up trash in the other parishes?
There are many waste collection services that operate within the Greater Baton Rouge area. Some parishes have monthly rates residents pay while other parishes tax their residents. In the Baton Rouge area, there are four major waste collection companies: Trash Rangers; Waste Management; Waste Pro Inc.; and Pelican Waste and Debris.
Trash Rangers offers curbside household garbage collection services once a week for $24.95 per month or $40.95 per month.
Waste Management serves 32 locations in Louisiana and offers residents customized solutions for household waste needs. Monthly service rates are based on location and the size of a resident’s container.
In Pointe Coupee Parish, residents pay $18.87 per month for trash to be picked up twice a month whereas trash in West Feliciana is picked up weekly and is paid for by sales tax.
Here is a breakdown of what residents in the surrounding parishes pay and which services are provided to them.
The East Feliciana Parish Police Jury approved a rate modification request from Waste Pro in January. Waste Pro Communications Manager Joy Kurtz said rates vary depending on the municipality and services include solid waste, yard waste, recycling and bulk items. The garbage collection process varies from hand pick up, semi-automated, to fully automated depending on the customer’s needs and services requested.
Pointe Coupee Parish residents pay $18.87 per month in trash pickup fees, according to Policy and Procurement Administrator Jeanne Hendrix. The parish’s garbage is picked up by Pelican Waste and Debris twice a week. Hendrix said roadside debris is picked up by a contractor twice a month. Pelican Waste has been servicing Pointe Coupee Parish residents since April 2019.
Ascension Parish residents independently sign their own garbage contracts with whatever provider they choose. Ascension Parish officials said the parish doesn’t provide garbage service for a residence. Residents have the option to choose from an approved list of vendors including Waste Pro, Trash Rangers and others. Ascension Parish residents can find the full list here.
In Gonzales, however, there is a five-year partnership with Waste Pro of Louisiana Inc. that started in 2021. Gonzales residents rate pay $16.94 per month, according to the contract agreement.
Livingston Parish residents have the option to choose between three waste collection providers: Waste Management, Waste Pro and Trash Rangers. Trash Rangers provides services in the following places: Albany, Denham Springs, Dennis Mills, French Settlement, Holden, Independence, Livingston, Maurepas, Pine Grove, Port Vincent, Springfield, Walker and Watson.
West Feliciana Parish residents do not pay a fee for trash removal. Trash pickup is paid for by a parish sales tax and covers weekly trash collection. According to Emily Cobb, the parish secretary, each resident receives a 96-gallon waste cart. They can purchase an additional one for a one-time fee of $75.
Cobb said the parish has a separate bulk waste contractor that is also paid for by the sales tax. The bulk waste vendor picks up debris, white goods, furniture, etc. from residences in the parish (not contractor-generated debris). This is done by a ticket system in which the citizen submits a request and the bulk waste is then scheduled for disposal.
Iberville Parish President J. Mitchell Ourso Jr. said residents don’t pay monthly fees for garbage collection. Instead, one-third of one percent of the solid waste tax goes toward the parish’s solid waste fund. Garbage is picked up once a week. Ourso said the parish pays more than $183,000 monthly to Pelican Waste and Debris from the solid waste tax. The contract is signed every four years, and Ourso said he will begin negotiations again next December.