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Illegal dumping posing potential health hazard

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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. To curtail the problem, DPW has placed "no dumping" signs in problem areas, but people are ignoring the message.

With the warmer months approaching, there's a concern the debris will provide a breeding ground for rodents.

"The tires hold water, mosquitoes get in the water, they breed, sometimes that's West Nile Virus, it's a real health issue," said DPW Environmental Engineer Bob Hearn.

Alex Dixon has seen people dump trash across from his home.

"They pass by, just be throwing trash out here," he said. "They don't care. They pass by, dump trash all down there. I guess they figure that's a dump."

Illegal dumpers could face a fine and possible jail time. DPW says to call 311 to report illegal dumping.



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