City officials address trash pile up, illegal dumping across Monroe

MONROE, La. (KNOE) - Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo addressed recent issues involving trash pile-ups at Monday's press briefing.

Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayor addressed recent issues involving trash pile-ups at Monday's press briefing. Source: (KNOE)

He says in the past several weeks the city has fallen behind schedule and recognized the inconvenience it has caused their customers.

“Everybody knows that we stay pretty much regular on garbage pickup, but there's some challenges as it relates to trash pickup," Mayo said.

Those challenges include repairs, breakdowns, and delays. The city has been operating with one trash truck a day compared to eight.

Public Works Director Tom Janway says the trucks have deteriorated over the years, mainly because of the pickup efforts during natural disasters.

"In 2014, after the tornado, we actually picked up more tonnage then, and we did not contract it out, we did it with our own forces," Janway said.

The city is planning to buy three new trucks by the end of the month and has also requested an emergency ordinance to have three additional trucks by the beginning of the spring.

Mayo also noted issues across the city of people illegally dumping their trash. This is when people outside of the city limits throw away their household items and other debris in prohibited areas.

The city is asking for the public’s help in reporting illegal dumping and thanks them for their patience while they work to get back on schedule.

To report an incident involving illegal dumping, you can call the Department of Public Works at 318-329-2230.