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  • Force Awakened: Man in Darth Vader garb slays galaxy garbage

    September 16, 2016 3:03 PM

    BLACKSBURG - A Virginia man troubled by litter along the highway has decided it's time for the empire to strike back. WSLS-TV reports Henry Wakley of Blackburg on Thursday dressed as the Star Wars character Darth Vader while cleaning a stretch of highway that he "adopted" through the Adopt-a-Highway program.... more »
  • 'Pokemon Go' players blamed for damage at historic fort

    August 6, 2016 5:42 PM

    FAIRHAVEN, Mass. - A fort destroyed in the Revolutionary War is again fending off attacks - this time from "Pokemon Go" players. Caretakers of Fort Phoenix in Massachusetts say players of the popular smartphone game are damaging the historic site. Gary Lavalette, volunteer caretaker at the fort in Fairhaven, near... more »
  • Proposal to ban open burning of hazardous waste shelved

    May 17, 2016 3:42 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A Minden lawmaker has scrapped his proposal to ban open burning of hazardous waste in Louisiana, after failing to gain traction for the idea. Democratic Rep. Gene Reynolds said his bill "was not going anywhere." It was aimed at addressing concerns from people who live near Clean... more »
  • Boston's tower of garbage snow finally melts

    July 14, 2015 9:01 PM

    BOSTON- The last vestige of Boston's record winter nightmare snow finally melted away. The mayor announced Tuesday the once-massive pile is now nothing. But it did leave its mark. It contained more than 80-tons of garbage. The pile got to be 75 feet tall after last winter's record-breaking... more »
  • Hundreds turn out for annual clean up day

    March 28, 2015 7:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Different groups and organizations picked up trash on streets of the city for the annual Nehemiah Day. This year marks 6 years the community wide clean up has been happening and this year more than 150 volunteers showed up. Metro Councilwoman Tara Wicker is the... more »
  • Trash and Treasure for charity Play Video

    March 4, 2015 5:18 AM

    BATON ROUGE - One person's trash is another one's treasure. You can get your hands on some great bargains for a great cause this weekend in Baton Rouge. It's time for the annual Attic Trash and Treasure Sale, organized by the Inner Wheel of Baton Rouge. The event is... more »
  • Officials want to double Blight Court cases handled in 2015 Play Video

    January 8, 2015 5:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE - East Baton Rouge Parish officials said Blight Court numbers are in for 2014 and the effort to eliminate eyesores was a success. The system set up by the parish went into effect last September as the court ramped up an an effort to clean the city... more »
  • New Orleans police: woman's body in trash can

    November 26, 2014 1:41 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans police say a city building inspector opened a garbage can and found the partly clad body of a woman who had been stabbed to death. Officer Frank Robertson III says the inspector moved the can to get down an alley about noon Wednesday and opened... more »
  • Blight court holds first meeting Play Video

    September 18, 2014 6:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Blight Court is in Baton Rouge again, and homeowners who aren't taking care of their properties may make the list of people that have to go there. Justin Dupuy, with the Department of Public Works, says the new system is taking the place of the old... more »
  • Litter bugs could lose ability to drive

    July 11, 2014 10:35 PM

    AMITE- The parish could hold drivers licenses hostage if people do not pay their litter tickets, the parish president told a WBRZ news partner in Tangipahoa Parish recently. Parish President Gordon Burgess told ActionNews17.com, people would lose their license if they don't pay the fine. Cameras have been... more »
  • Lawmakers agree to fine cigarette butt littering

    May 13, 2014 3:10 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Cigarette butts should stay in your car's ashtray. That's the message lawmakers are sending to smokers, giving final passage to a bill that labels cigarette butts as litter and allows fines against people who throw them out car windows. The measure by Republican Rep. Patrick Connick, from... more »
  • Volunteers clean up Bayou Fountain Play Video

    April 19, 2014 6:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Volunteers were at Bayou Fountain Saturday cleaning debris out of the water. For couple Bill and April Armstrong, the cleanup is important to them because they say something needs to be done. "It's the world we live in and it's a garbage dump. It shouldn't... more »
  • Trash trouble because of parked cars in Baton Rouge Play Video

    March 19, 2014 10:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE - There is a blame game going on since some neighborhoods did not get trash collected this week. Residents are frustrated, but the city said it's their fault since vehicles were parked, blocking waste trucks. In the Beau Pre neighborhood near LSU, Allied Waste trucks couldn't... more »
  • Litter bugs will be caught by hidden security cameras

    March 14, 2014 10:31 PM

    HAMMOND- People dumping trash has become such a problem in Tangipahoa Parish, leaders are installing security cameras to catch people. "If the cameras work, we're gonna get some more," Parish President Gordon Burgess told WWL TV. "We're gonna clean up our parish whether the people like it or... more »
  • Parish fighting to get rid of junk in mobile home park Play Video

    November 6, 2013 5:38 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS- There's a battle over trash in one Livingston Parish subdivision. There are about 300 mobile homes in Eastover Estates, a mobile home subdivision outside of Denham Springs. Only half of them have trash collection causing a major trash problem in the neighborhood. Livingston Parish councilwoman,... more »
  • New Roads, parish at odds over trash collection

    September 23, 2013 8:33 AM

    NEW ROADS - Three months after authorizing the Pointe Coupee Parish Police Jury president to sign a new five-year contract for trash pickup, jurors face the possibility of having to renegotiate the deal with Progressive Waste Solutions. The reason is a move by New Roads to broker its own... more »
  • Baton Rouge to get tough on litter bugs, eventually

    August 26, 2013 10:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The city's public works department is trying to rid streets of blight and junk, but are running into problems because the litter court isn't functioning. There is an apparent breakdown in the city's litter court set-up. There was a discussion about the problems Monday night in an... more »
  • N.O. man arrested a second time for illegal dumping

    July 27, 2013 10:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE (AP) - A New Orleans man has been arrested on an outstanding warrant for the alleged illegal dumping of solid waste in the eastern part of the city. Officers arrested 48-year-old Cecil Person on Thursday. He is accused of dumping six truckloads of construction and demolition debris in... more »
  • Caught on camera: burning trash illegally Play Video

    July 18, 2013 10:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE - People living along Kincaid Ave. are complainging about their neighbor who is accused of burning trash. The smoke from the burn fills the air on their street and creates a smelly problem. "Smoke was black, it's like, burning tires," said Business Owner Chris Medine. "Or, like... more »
  • Food truck owner caught dumping trash Play Video

    June 12, 2013 6:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The owner of DG's Cafe, a Baton Rouge food truck, was caught on camera dumping trash according to city officials. The people doing it were caught in the middle of the day dumping their trash under a "no dumping" sign on Kinkaid Ave, off Choctaw Dr.... more »
  • Pointe Coupee approves trash collection pact

    June 12, 2013 8:50 AM

    NEW ROADS - After months of negotiations, the Pointe Coupee Parish Police Jury has approved a new five-year contract for residential trash collection with Progressive Waste Solutions. Tuesday's vote came after the company agreed to supply and replace trash containers during the life of its five-year contract with the... more »
  • Illegal dumping posing potential health hazard Play Video

    April 18, 2013 5:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Illegal dumping is a messy problem in Baton Rouge, and now city officials are concerned it's creating a health hazard. Some streets in Baton Rouge are littered with toys, trash and used tires. Department of Public Works says they have been dealing with dumping for years.... more »
  • Trash talk in Pointe Coupee Parish Play Video

    April 1, 2013 4:51 PM

    NEW ROADS - About one in 20 people in Pointe Coupee Parish don't pay their garbage bill but still get service, according to parish officials. That means out of about 10,000 parish customers, around 500 are skipping out on the bill. "I think its very unfair. They're getting... more »
  • Fire sparks at home, woman escapes

    March 12, 2013 11:35 AM

    BAKER - A woman was able to escape as fire ripped through her home. It happened around 11 a.m. in the 1200 block of McHugh Road near Groom Road. Officials say a woman who was there at the time of the blaze was able to escape without injuries.... more »
  • St. Martin garbage, trash collection starts in May

    March 10, 2013 10:42 AM

    ST. MARTINVILLE, La. - Residents in rural St. Martin Parish will be required to pay for garbage and trash service beginning in May. Parish President Guy Cormier tells The Advocate the rural areas also will see a new automated pick-up system that requires residents to use 96-gallon roll carts provided... more »
  • Leaders want parish to join trash pickup business Play Video

    February 25, 2013 2:15 PM

    NEW ROADS - For almost five years Progressive Waste Solutions has taken out the trash in Pointe Coupee Parish, but administrator Jim Bello is a part of a movement that wants the parish to handle the duties instead. "It's about $500,000 that we feel we can save if we... more »
  • Waterways reopen in Ascension, Livingston

    February 18, 2013 11:25 AM

    PORT VINCENT - Waterways in Ascension and Livingston parish reopened today at noon after trash buildup shut them down last week. Bayou Manchac, the Amite River and the Diversion Canal are back open to recreational boat traffic. Emergency officials closed them on Friday because of debris-like tree limbs... more »
  • Parades, community service on King day in La.

    January 21, 2013 4:25 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Parades, speeches, prayer and community service marked the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday around Louisiana. In Baton Rouge people painted homes and cleaned school campuses as part of a day of service organized by the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. Many marchers held pictures of King as... more »

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