Posted: Jun 17, 2011 9:44 AM by Lauren Wilson & AP
ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) - The city of Alexandria is battling an ongoing illegal dumping issue.
Instead of discarding their garbage and trash the proper way -- by placing it on the street in front of their homes and calling the city's Sanitation Department to come dispose of it -- some people are placing that trash on abandoned properties.
Mayor Jacques Roy said there's a growing perception that the problem is people from outside the city coming into Alexandria and illegally dumping trash. While that's part of the problem, he said the issue isn't that simple. Not only do non-residents dump illegally, so do city residents, and it's not just big items that are a problem.
The city has policies and procedures in place to combat illegal dumping, but catching culprits isn't easy. Signs warning against illegal dumping are posted throughout the city, and both sanitation and code enforcement employees continually monitor vulnerable areas.
Roy said illegal dumping, like many issues in the city, can be curtailed somewhat with help from citizens. He urged people who see someone littering or illegally dumping trash to call the police and report the problem.