(3/8/19)– For nearly 25 years, Ouachita Parish residents have been able to dump their trash in the Magnolia Landfill, with a major stipulation: people bringing their household garbage would not be charged.
But that’s about to change.
Waste Management made the decision not to renew an agreement they made with the Ouachita Parish Police Jury decades ago come the end of June.
Police juror Scotty Robinson says it’s for liability issues.
“They say with the large equipment that’s working around, bulldozers, trackhoes, the dump trucks coming in and contractors pulling large trailers– that’s their daily business, daily routine– and there’s liability with people in a small truck pulling in there,” said Robinson.
Robinson says the police jury cannot control Waste Management’s business operations.
However, Magnolia will allow residential dumping after the agreement expires for those willing to pay a fee.
“I believe they also indicated that it wasn’t going to be a reasonable fee,” said Robinson.
The 25-year-old agreement ends June 30th. It’s unclear how much the fee will be for residential dumping after that.
We contacted Waste Management for comment but were unable to get a statement