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Morehouse Parish residents taking garbage problems into own hands

Solid Waste superintendent confirms delays in waste pickup throughout parish
Published: Aug. 4, 2020 at 10:13 PM CDT
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MOREHOUSE PARISH, La. (KNOE) - Some Morehouse Parish residents are adding a new meaning to taking out the trash.

KNOE reported on the garbage pile up in January and again in July. Months later, residents are asking the same question.

“When will the trash be picked up?” said Kim Watson who lives in Morehouse Parish.

Watson and several others grabbed their gloves and bags and dropped their trash off at the Parish Highway Department. Watson and others claim it’s been more than three weeks since their garbage was last picked up.

“My trash has not been picked up, nor just my trash, but my neighbor’s trash the people around the corner’s trash, the highway’s trash has not been picked up. It’s just piling up,” she said.

The Morehouse Parish superintendent of solid waste said that the delays came from a long list of issues including a broken truck, maintenance issues, employee turnover and one employee testing positive for COVID-19.

Morehouse Parish Police Jury president Terry Matthews confirmed that the parish was supposed to lease two additional trucks in March; however, they were not able to afford them.

He also said that the jury will discuss the garbage pickup delays and present a proposal for a new pickup company at their meeting on Monday, August 10.

Residents said this isn’t the first time they’ve seen the pile-ups and they want the parish to find a permanent solution once and for all.

“There’s no reason. We’re paying taxes here. We live here in the city. Morehouse Parish says ‘let’s make Morehouse beautiful again,’ but there’s no beautification when trash is running all up and down the highway,” Watson said.

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