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BATON ROUGE - Department of Public Works cleared illegally dumped debris in Baton Rouge today. It's part of a monthly process to keep the roadway clear.

Allied Waste, contracted through DPW, drove a tire collection truck along Kincaid Ave. in Baton Rouge. A month worth of debris was thrown in the back of a truck to take to a recycling plant.

"People who are dumping tires like you see out here, that's not a service that Allied is supposed to provide," said DPW Environmental Engineer Bob Hearn. "They do provide the service when they can, and when they get around to it, which we do appreciate."

To help keep the streets clean, consumers pay a $2 tire tax every time they buy a tire. That money is given to recycling plants and collection services.

Other illegally dumped debris was not picked up by Allied Waste today because it was on private property. The Department of Environmental Quality is now investigating that dumped debris.

"People need to take personal responsibility and when they don't, we work with the city, to try to sway them from doing that, through fines and arrests," said Rodney Mallett.


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