Oct 14, 2013 3:08 PM

Lafayette marks 20 years of household chemical recycling

The next scheduled Lafayette Consolidated Government chemical drop-off day is set for Oct. 19 in the Cajun Field parking lot. It will mark 20 years since the first household chemical collection day sponsored by any local government in Acadiana was held in the Heymann Center's parking lot.

This weekend's event is scheduled to run from 8 a.m. until noon.

Only residents in the city of Lafayette and in unincorporated areas of Lafayette Parish can attend, and businesses are not allowed to drop chemicals and the event, which is sponsored by Lafayette Consolidated Government's Environmental Quality Division.

"The event has always been immensely popular. Lafayette citizens respond well to environmental programs that our division sponsors. They know that putting chemicals into the garbage can bring unintended consequences, creating both human health threats and environmental hazards," according to Lafayette Consolidated Government Environmental Quality Manager Mark Pope.

"Bring it Back" was the name given to the event in 1993, and 350 cars came out to drop off 26 tons of old paint, poison, and chemical cleaners, according to Pope.

Since the inception of the program, the average turnout at each event is 732 cars, and the average quantity of chemicals collected at each event is 35 tons.

Computer and electronic collection was implemented with the first chemical collection event at Cajun Field in 2006. Computers and electronic devices with a computer chip will be collected for recycling on Oct. 19 at Cajun Field.

The complete list of household chemicals and electronics that will be accepted at the chemical collection on Oct. 19 can be seen at



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