Waste Management contract extended; $2.58 rate increase per household in Calcasieu

Published 8:35 am Monday, March 7, 2022

Calcasieu Parish police jurors on Thursday approved a five-year extension of its existing contract with Waste Management of Louisiana to keep providing residential curbside garbage collection and disposal in unincorporated areas.

The extension includes a monthly rate of $19.65 per household, up from $17.07 per household per month. The price is updated annually based on the consumer price index for solid waste and trash collection. The negotiated rate for the 2023 fiscal year is $20.15 per household per month.

Allen Wainwright, Calcasieu Parish public works director, said the monthly rate was increased because of the rising costs of labor, fuel, raw materials and other factors. Changes in how residents purchase goods have also led to a 20-40 percent increase in waste, he said.

“That’s driven by people ordering more items online that are delivered in boxes,” Wainwright said. “Most waste is thrown away each day.”

Despite the rate increase, the parish negotiated a good deal for residential garbage collection, Wainwright said.

Calcasieu Parish pays for residential garbage collection in unincorporated areas of Wards 2-8, Wainwright said. That service is paid for directly by a parishwide 1.5 cent sales tax.

Because the sales tax is not levied in Ward 1, the Moss Bluff/Gillis area, those residents are directly billed the same rate if they choose to go with Waste Management. Ward 1 residents can also choose Progressive Waste Solutions for garbage collection, which is authorized by the Police Jury to operate within Ward 1. That company determines its own rates to charge customers.

Other changes that take effect in 2023 include Waste Management only picking up cans that it provides and allowing residents up to three cans per household.

Calcasieu Parish has had a contract with Waste Management since 1993.

— By John Guidroz of the American Press