For Immediate Release:  March 27, 2015

For Further Information Contact:  Eligha Guillory, Jr., 491-9151; or Mason Lindsay, 436-8809


Residential Trash Bash scheduled for April 25, 2015


The City of Lake Charles and Team Green of Southwest Louisiana—Keep Greater Lake Charles Beautiful are pleased to announce Residential Trash Bash 2015, a one-day event, which takes place Sat., April 25, from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., at Chennault International Airport. Trash Bash is free to all residential customers and aims to encourage citizens to dispose of their garbage properly to ensure a greener, healthier and safer community.


Said Mayor Roach:

“Litter doesn’t give our community a good image, and the Residential Trash Bash provides a great way for citizens to properly dispose of unwanted items. In so doing, we contribute to the overall cleanliness and beauty of our community. By working together, we’re giving Lake Charles a Spring cleaning.


“We thank our many volunteers and sponsors who are helping make this year’s event possible.  Our special thanks to Chennault International Airport for being the host site again this year.”


Acceptable items for residents to bring for free disposal include: antifreeze; all battery types; clothing, sofas, and other reusable items; electronic devices with a plug/computer monitors and CRT monitors; mercury or any product containing mercury: chemistry sets; fluorescent light bulbs -- long or curved; maze toys; old alkaline batteries purchased before 1990 – check expiration dates; thermometers (silver liquid in tube); vials or jars of mercury – sometimes on necklaces; miscellaneous trash; motor oil; paint – labeled recyclable and reusable latex and oil; scrap metal; and tires -- five tires only, under 400 pounds per tire.


Unacceptable items include: ammunition or explosives; asbestos materials; boats; compressed gas cylinders with valves; freon items; household hazardous waste; lawn mowers; medical waste/infectious material; medication; PCB ballasts; propane tanks; radioactive devices—fire/smoke detectors; aerosol paint cans; varnish and stain paint cans; unidentifiable paint cans; and 55 gallon drums.


The order for participants loading disposable items into their vehicle or trailer should be as follows, from first to last: reusable items (clothing, sofas, other); scrap metal; electronics; trash; tires—only five per car and under 400 pounds per tire; all battery types; oil and antifreeze; mercury; confidential papers (shredding), and paint. Paint should be the last item loaded and the first item that will come off the vehicle or trailer. No pre-event or post-event dumping -- the city littering ordinance will be enforced. Directions to Trash Bash: Participants traveling east or west on J. Bennett Johnston Avenue will turn south onto Merganser St. and follow directions to the entry point and keep moving. Once there, they will be directed through the unloading stations. Parking is not allowed on Merganser St.


Sponsors include Acadian Ambulance, Allied Waste Services; Avery Archives; Capital Area Corporate Recycling Council; City of Lake Charles; Coca-Cola; Colt, Inc.; Interstate Batteries; K-Jon; Lake Area Industry Alliance (LAIA); Mallard Cove; Pepsi-Cola Bottling Co.; Pumpelly Oil; Salvation Army; Ward 3 Marshall’s Office; and, Louisiana Radio Communications. 


Team Green—Keep Greater Lake Charles Beautiful is a City-commissioned organization. Its mission is to develop and sponsor projects that enhance the region’s appearance and quality. Team Green of Southwest Louisiana Residential Trash Bash 2015 is a Great American Cleanup project of Keep America Beautiful and Keep Louisiana Beautiful.


For more information, contact 491-1481 or email An electronic flyer is available at


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The City of Lake Charles fully complies with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and related statutes and regulations in all programs and activities.   For more information, or to obtain a Title VI Complaint Form, see the City of Lake Charles website-  or call the Mayor’s Action Line at (337) 491-1346, or contact the appropriate Department Head, or call the Title VI coordinator at (337) 491-1440.