Recycling Education Awareness Program (REAP) is provided by Solid Waste via the Character Links Program. It aligns recycling with grade level equivalent (GLE's) lesson plans as required by the State Board of Education. The recycling information consists of 15 different lesson plans provided to all 2nd-grade classes in the parish. These lesson plans are integrated with regular classroom subjects. Educators are contacted at mid-term on progress and at year-end. all 3rd-grade educators are sent an evaluation summary which also includes environmental awareness testimonials. An evaluation of the program is presented by Character Links to the Solid Waste Commission in June of each year.
The Solid Waste staff will also make school presentations on recycling and litter abatement to any class in the parish upon request.
To request a presentation please call (337) 826-5211.
Drop off Centers:
Opelousas Recycling Center is located at 2717 West Landry Street, Opelousas, LA 70570 (337)942-9576.
Eunice Recycling Center is located at 450 N. C.C. Duson, Eunice, LA 70535 (337)457-1336.
The centers are open Monday thru Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Both centers accept cardboard, newspaper, magazines, and other paper products, aluminum and metal cans, and most plastic products. Both locations operate a buy-back center where individuals can be paid for items they deliver or the items can be donated to the school of their choice. Items donated to a school will receive a scale price for aluminum and 80% of the sale price of all other items. Checks are made payable to the school each quarter (January, April, July, October).
Please contact the Solid Waste Office at (337)826-5211 if you have any questions.
These incentive programs were established as a component of an education process to engage parish youth in the environmentally acceptable practice of waste diversion.