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Large item waste collection in Shreveport running several weeks out for appointment

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SHREVEPORT, La. (KTBS) -

"Normally, it gets picked up on Monday, this week it was Tuesday. But clearly there is so much trash still left on our street."

In Karen Davis's 19 years of living on Adger Street in Shreveport's Broadmoor area, she says she's never seen it quite this bad.

Piles of limbs left from the latest round of storms are seen curbside for days, even weeks.

"It does worry me about what's going to pile up inside these piles of limbs. Are we going to get more mosquitoes? Will there be rodents living under all the limbs?", Davis wonders.

Eyesore or not, the city says their Public Works crews are not required to pick up these types of oversized piles, and never have been.

Donna Curtis, Executive Director of Shreveport Green, says it may take a little more elbow grease - and some extra time - but it's up to citizens to do their part.

"Once you have it in your possession, it's your responsibility to dispose of it properly. You expand that responsibility when you become a resident of the city and have property of rent property," Curtis says.

Shreveport Green is partnering with the city on an anti-littering campaign and to educate residents about what Public Works crews will and won't remove from the front you their homes.

"If you've got limbs and brush, it needs to be tied up, or it needs to be in a can, and it can't be more than four feet long. This is the way it's always been, but the city has never enforced it."

Part of that is the new appointment system, in which citizens with large items must call to scheduled a time for pickup.

Which means Davis and her neighbors on Adger St. won't see a bulk collection crew until August 25th.

"The website says this law was supposed to make the city more beautiful but this is not beautiful. And it's just going to get worse over the next month," Davis says.

Stan Harris, Director of the Public Works Department says they're running between two and four weeks out for appointments.

The city won't pick up building materials, power tools, pianos, and trampolines, among other items.

To schedule a pick-up, you need to call 673-6300, and press 2 to get an customer service agent.

Shreveport Green is hosting a household hazardous waste disposal day. That's coming up on August 9th, but a reservation is required.

To stake your time, just call Shreveport Green at (318) 219-1888.

You'll be able to safely dispose of items like paint, herbicides, pesticides, batteries, flourescent light bulbs, ammunition and tires.

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