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Illegal Disposal of Trash or Solid Waste

There are strict City-Parish ordinances in place governing the proper disposal of garbage, trash and other forms of solid waste. Any accumulation, collection or handling of this type of garbage or trash – such as items you would normally put in your garbage can and instead place it in the public right-of-way or into a stream – is considered a nuisance and may involve prosecution for such violations. For more information, please see Sec. 6:387 of the Baton Rouge Code of Ordinances.

In addition, Secs. 2:362-372 of the Code of Ordinances govern compliance with stormwater standards and general discharge prohibitions. Given the costs associated with the City-Parish contracting with firms to appropriately dispose of harmful substances such as petroleum or antifreeze, the penalties associated with unlawful disposition are extreme – such as civil enforcement penalties of up to $1,000 per day, per violation – and actively enforced by the City-Parish. If you are aware of illegal disposal of trash or solid waste that has taken place, please contact 3-1-1 with as many details as possible regarding the incident.

For more information about the appropriate manner in which to dispose of certain types of trash or garbage, click here.

Please note that East Baton Rouge Parish citizens are free and able to transport trash or debris to the City-Parish landfill between the hours of 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, or 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturdays. The landfill is located at 16001 Samuels Road, Zachary, LA 70791. If you are bringing garbage for drop-off at the landfill, please ensure you bring a form of proof of residence in East Baton Rouge Parish such as a driver’s license or water bill. Please also follow the guidelines for the transportation of garbage, trash or debris in the parish per Sec. 6:403 of the Baton Rouge Code of Ordinances. For more information, contact the City-Parish Solid Waste Division at (225) 389-4813.

Updated 5/8/2018 9:05 AM
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