Anyone caught illegally dumping trash in East Baton Rouge Parish may be prosecuted.
The Department of Maintenance is partnering with the Department of Environmental Services to produce a camera that takes pictures of people dumping their trash.
“We have that issue throughout the city parish and it’s just not fair to residents,” Mark Armstrong, Chief Communications Officer for the Mayor’s office, said.
The high-tech camera also has a voice function.
“Stop. This is a restricted area and your photograph was just taken,” the camera says. “We will use it to prosecute you. Leave the area now.”
Retailing at $1,600 a piece, Armstrong says the price of the cameras is nothing compared to the thousands of dollars the city has spent cleaning up illegal dump sites.
“This is going to let them know very clearly that you’ve just been caught illegally dumping and we’ve got your picture now,” Armstrong said.