Calcasieu Parish Police jurors on Thursday approved a five-year extension to its existing contract with Waste Management of Louisiana to continue providing curbside residential garbage collection and disposal in unincorporated areas in society.
The extension includes a monthly fee of $19.65 per household, down from $17.07 per household per month. The price is updated annually based on the consumer price index for solid waste and garbage collection. The negotiated rate for fiscal year 2023 is $20.15 per household per month.
Allen Wainwright, director of public works for Calcasieu Parish, said the monthly rate was increased due to rising costs for labor, fuel, raw materials and other factors. Changes in the way residents buy goods have also led to a 20-40% increase in waste, he said.
“It’s because people are ordering more items online that are delivered in boxes,” Wainwright said. “Most of the trash is thrown away every day.”
Despite the rate increase, the parish negotiated a good deal for garbage collection, Wainwright said.
Calcasieu Parish pays for garbage collection in unincorporated areas of Wards 2 through 8, Wainwright said. This service is paid for directly by a 1.5 cent parish-wide sales tax.
Since sales tax is not levied in Ward 1, the Moss Bluff/Gillis area, these residents are directly billed the same rate if they choose to opt in to Waste Management. Ward 1 residents can also choose Progressive Waste Solutions for garbage collection, which is licensed by the police jury to operate in Ward 1. This company sets its own rates to charge customers.
Other changes that will take effect in 2023 include waste management picking up only the cans it supplies and allowing residents up to three cans per household.
Calcasieu Parish has had a contract with Waste Management since 1993.