Webster Parish Police Jury's (WPPJ) Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day was a success. Citizens from across the parish took advantage of the opportunity to get rid of waste not taken at the landfill.
"It's a good turnout," WPPJ Environmental Chairman Charles Odom said on Saturday. "It's been a steady stream – there are four or five cars lined up waiting right now."
WPPJ partnered with Allied Waste, Benson Environmental and Republic Services to hold the collection day.
"We took in about 300 tires – I think 50 came from Springhill," Odom said. "People brought in more medication than we expected."
Approximately 200 vehicles snaked their way through Saturday's assembly line style layout, some more than once, according to Odom.
Drivers and passengers waited in their vehicles, while volunteers and other helpers from Camp Minden's Youth Challenge Program and Bayou Dorcheat Correction Center emptied waste.
In an assembly-line format, some workers removed tires, while some removed oil, others electronics and even more lifted heavy appliances and TVs. Paint was mixed in 50-gallon drums and transferred to five gallon buckets.
"This is a great setup. They've got the right protective clothing and everything to help them handle this stuff," Minden resident James Warmack said. "I work with OSHA regulations. Everything I see here is top notch, streamlined and it's just the way it ought to be. It's a great thing they are doing here."
Volunteers also helped provide refreshments and sign in each vehicle as they arrived. John Gill of Citizens Against Pollution, a grassroots Webster Parish environmental non-profit group, helped log in participants.
"Saturday was excellent. I just wish that more of the citizens of Webster Parish would have participated," Gill said. "We (Citizens Against Pollution) want to educate citizens that we can do things better so that our kids and our grand kids can have a better environment to live in."
WPPJ hopes to hold more collection days in the future.
"People have been calling hoping we'll hold another one. We'll get the logistics and see how much this cost us then we'll see what we can do," Odom said.