Litter is a big problem in Louisiana
Out of the 50 states in the U.S., Louisiana ranks among the worst in the country when it comes to littering. It costs tax payers about $40 million per year to clean-up litter throughout the state.
Fines for littering and/or illegal dumping range from $5 to $5,000. It’s important to dispose of materials responsibly. When it’s all said and done, putting waste in its proper place saves your hard earned tax dollars.
In the past few years, the State has addressed this concern and is trying to right the wrong. However, the quickest way to turn things around is for each individual to do his or her part in helping to clean-up litter in the community.
***Volunteer with the Keep Louisiana Beautiful campaign to help clean-up your neighborhood.
Why recycle e-waste in LA?
Electronic waste, or e-waste, contains toxic materials, such as lead, that can leach into groundwater causing a health and environmental hazard. Beyond the negative health effects, e-waste also holds a great deal of value.
E-scrap recyclers are able to recover precious metals, such as gold and silver, from electronic devices. For instance, collecting 1,000 broken or outdated cellphones for recycling yields about 35 lbs. of copper, 12 ounces of silver, and an ounce of gold. This is stuff that would otherwise rot away in landfills.
The tangible benefit for residents who choose to recycle e-waste is in the form of lower taxes, and reduced fees at landfills due to the revenue generated from recycling the e-waste. It only works, however, if communities come together and make an effort to ramp up e-cycling as a whole -- There’s power in numbers.
Learn about Louisiana’s e-waste recycling and donation processes, or find an e-cycler near you.
Landfill locations in Louisiana
The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) maintains an updated list of permitted landfills. It includes the location, phone number, type of landfill and other information.
Access the Solid Waste Landfill Report
Solid waste and recycling rules and regulations in LA
If you need access to the rules and regulations governing solid waste removal and disposal in Louisiana, you can find that info at the DEQ website.