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Lafayette reworks garbage can curfew

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LAFAYETTE, La. (KNOE 8 News/AP) - Lafayette residents who leave their garbage or recycling carts on the curb more than 24 hours after collection will face a larger cumulative fine, up to $150 a year.

The City-Parish Council on Tuesday tweaked an ordinance dealing with garbage collection, increasing the maximum accumulative fine from $100 to $150 per property per calendar year.

The council also eased a penalty that required a lien on the property if someone has not complied with the ordinance after seven incidences. The council amended the ordinance to give public works the option, but not to require the lien.

Mark Pope, environmental quality manager, said the intent is to change behavior, not necessarily to punish people.

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