Livingston Parish landfill triples amount of debris dumped

Woodside landfill triples amount of debris dumped
Source: WAFB
Source: WAFB

LIVINGSTON PARISH, LA (WAFB) - The amount of storm debris being taken in by a huge landfill in Livingston Parish is hard to believe and is certainly record setting.

Just south of Range Avenue in Denham Springs, Plantation Estates still has piles of debris lining the streets. All of that will eventually end up at the Woodside Landfill in Livingston Parish.

"We've actually constructed an additional road and opened up an additional cell to handle all the flood debris that's being delivered into the landfill," said Rene Faucheux, Waste Management's manager and community affairs for the Gulf Coast region.

The particular area where flood debris is going is 10 acres. That's more than 7.5 football fields with end zones combined and the area is full of everyone's debris, personal belongings and sentimental things that the flood waters destroyed within just hours.

Faucheux said the amount of debris coming into the landfill has tripled.

"If you looked at it at a weekly basis, we were probably averaging 16,000 to 18,000 tons in a week. Now it's 50,000 to 60,000 tons in a week," said Faucheux.

So far, there's 420,000 tons already at the landfill. That's equivalent to 933 Boeing 747's. Each new week, it's like adding another 133 Boeing 747's, or 1,500 18-wheelers or 30,000 elephants.

The amount of debris they will take in over the three or four month period is equivalent to an entire year's worth of debris d ropped off at Woodside.

What was once someone's bed and a mattress are now among the massive pile. Once the debris is dumped, it's all leveled and compacted and every so often, covered with dirt. That process of debris, dirt, debris, dirt, will continue as all the debris ends up at the landfill.

And if you're worried about health concerns, "We have a water collection system. That's at the bottom of the landfill itself as well so we're pulling out the gas that's decomposed from the debris as well as the water," said Faucheux.

If the 10 acres dedicated is not enough space, another 10 acres is being cleared out to take in more debris.

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