NEW ORLEANS — Today, the City of New Orleans Department of Sanitation announced that the glass processing contractor has relocated its facility and is now ready to receive glass for recycling. The City temporarily suspended glass recycling at its monthly Recycling Drop-Off Center (2829 Elysian Fields Ave.) on April 14, 2018, when the glass processor was not able to receive shipments of glass. Today, the City’s contractor, Metro Services, successfully transported the first shipment of stored glass to the processor.
In September 2015, the City began curbside glass recycling in the French Quarter and the Downtown Development District (DDD). Due to low participation, in January 2017, the City replaced the curbside glass recycling program in the French Quarter and the DDD with the addition of glass to the City’s monthly Recycling Drop-Off Center’s list of accepted items so that all Orleans Parish residents could recycle glass.
On the second Saturday of each month, Orleans Parish residents can drop off paper products (newspapers, junk mail, phone books, catalogs, office paper, color inserts); plastics #1 through #7 (water, soda, juice, detergent, plastic pots from nurseries, plastic bags, etc.); metals (aluminum, tin and steel cans); cardboard; boxboard (cereal boxes); Mardi Gras beads; batteries (AA, AAA, AAAA, C, D, 6 & 9 volt, lithium); light bulbs (incandescent and fluorescent); electronics such as computers, laptops, phones and televisions (limit 4); microwave ovens (limit 4); tires (limit 4) and selected items for composting (frozen fruit and vegetable scraps, peels, skins, pits, seeds, tea bags, coffee grounds including paper filters, eggshells, nutshells, seed shells, plain bread, grains and plain pasta). The Composting Network will not accept meat, dairy, bones or foods with oil.
Since the City initiated a Recycling Drop-Off Center in August 2010, a total of 1,085 tons have been recycled. Since the current curbside recycling program began in May 2011, a total of 47,673 tons have been recycled. Properties that are eligible to receive solid waste collection by the City are also eligible to register to receive free recycling services.
For more information, or to order a curbside recycling cart, please call 311 or visitnola.gov/sanitation/recycling.