Household Chemical Day, photo Lafayette Consolidated Gov.

Residents in the city of Lafayette and in unincorporated areas of Lafayette Parish can properly dispose of household chemicals such as paint, poison, herbicide, pesticide, chemical cleaners, mercury, and other chemicals at the household chemical disposal day this Saturday (Oct. 24) at the Cajun Field parking lot. The event is scheduled from 8 a.m. until noon.  Attendees should enter the parking lot at Gate 4 off of W. Congress St.

LGC Environmental Quality Manager Mark Pope said,

Our chemical day attendees know that cleaning up Lafayette involves every citizen doing his or her part, and these folks demonstrate this by their actions of bringing chemicals to Cajun Field to be properly disposed.

Pope explained the reasons why properly disposing of chemicals is so important:  flammable chemicals placed in with household garbage can cause a fire on a garbage truck if a friction spark contacts the flammable chemicals; a fire can be ignited in the landfill where garbage is disposed; and liquid chemicals can leak through protective liners in the landfill and contaminate ground water.

An informational flyer listing the items that will be accepted at the chemical day is available on-line at lafayettela.gov.