EPA guides curbside handling of hurricane debris
The United States Environmental Protection Agency
(EPA) and the Louisiana Department of Environmental
Quality (LDEQ) encouraged residents in hurricane-affected
areas to collect trash and debris and place them
curbside for proper disposal.
Examples of materials that may need special disposal
or recycling include electronics, batteries, computer
hardware, paint, cleaning products, solvents, and
lawn and garden products. Where possible, residents
should mark containers clearly before placing them
out for disposal. Materials should be sorted curbside
to help expedite cleanup efforts.
DEQ recommends placing similar materials together
- garbage and food; electronics; appliances and
other ‘white’ goods; household hazardous waste,
construction debris, and vegetation debris.
Leaking containers should be placed in plastic bags
to prevent spills. Household hazardous items should
never be dumped or poured down drains or storm sewers.
EPA and DEQ priorities for disposal are reuse, recycle
or compost before disposal.
Freezers and refrigerators set out for recycling
should have the food removed.