LAFAYETTE, La. — Officials say trash service could be suspended for roughly 4,000 rural Lafayette Parish households with delinquent bills.

The Advocate reports ( ) Lafayette Parish officials and Republic Services announced plans to discontinue services to negligent customers Wednesday. Republic Services has the local contract for residential solid waste. 

Lafayette Parish spokeswoman Cydra Wingerter says residents with past-due bills will be responsible for no more than 120 days of service, regardless of how long the bills have gone unpaid.

Delinquent accounts will ultimately be forwarded to the city-parish attorney’s office, and residents could face fines, up to 30 days in jail, court orders mandating payment, property liens and lawsuits for non-payment.

Wingerter says about 4,000 rural accounts are past due out of roughly 26,000 addresses in unincorporated Lafayette Parish.

Information from: The Advocate,

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