Zachary is home to the Baton Rouge North Landfill. There, people are allowed to drop off certain bulk items that they wish to dispose of when putting them in a standard trash bin is not an option. According to East Baton Rouge officials, too few people are taking advantage of the drop-off option and, instead, are resorting to dumping trash illegally -- which is currently a misdemeanor offense but may soon be a felony-level offense. Either way, those accused of illegal dumping in the state of Louisiana may find themselves in need of criminal defense assistance.
According to a recent report, on June 26, the issue of illegal dumping was discussed at the District 2 council meeting. A councilwoman went over the current penalties for this crime, stating that convicted offenders may be fined $1,000 up to $5,000. The big problem is, it is not always easy to identify those individuals who are dumping their trash illegally. Law enforcement authorities are wanting cameras installed in areas where the dumping is occurring most often.