4,000 may lose garbage pickup in Lafayette Parish due to past-due accounts

Residential garbage and recycling collection will happen on Mardi Gras day for customers in Lafayette Parish whose regular collection day is Tuesday. (Photo: File Photo, The Advertiser)

(The Daily Advertiser) – Garbage collection for about 4,000 households in unincorporated Lafayette Parish will be suspended starting Wednesday if they haven’t paid their bills for four months or more.

Lafayette Consolidated Government spokeswoman Cydra Wingerter made the announcement Monday on behalf of Republic Services, which has a contract to collect garbage in the city of Lafayette and unincorporated parts of the parish.

Garbage customers outside the city of Lafayette are billed by Republic Services and are required by city ordinance to maintain garbage collection service, Wingerter said.

“It’s not an option,” she said.”It’s a matter of public health.”

Garbage service to residents in the city of Lafayette will not be affected because they are billed through Lafayette Utilities System.

Those affected are households outside a Lafayette Parish municipality that signed up for garbage service through Republic Services but are not paying. Wingerter said they should have received four notices from the company indicating their bill is past due. No one will be required to pay for more than 120 days.

There is a window of opportunity, she said, for past-due customers to become current with their payments as Republic Services works to provide the city-parish attorney with the names of past-due accounts. The attorney will send those customers a notice if violation if they still haven’t paid up. Customers will have 30 days to get current with their bill.

Customers can pay their bills at https://www.republicservices.com/pay-bill or call 337-806-2000 for more information.

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