News from Neighborhood Engagement


Spring is near…and in New Orleans that means rain, and festivals, and races, and spending more time outside enjoy our neighbors and the beauty and majesty of our charmed City. Spring also means that Hurricane season and hot summer days and mosquitoes are not far behind, so this is the perfect time to get outside and tend to our yards and catch basins.

The Neighborhood Engagement Office would like to share a few tips and information with you to help your neighborhood or organization plan and prepare for neighborhood clean-ups.

Information on Catch Basin Cleaning

The Department of Public Works’ maintenance department is responsible for cleaning and clearing catch basins of debris. There are 68,092 catch basins in the City. Each year the City budgets resources to clean approximately 3,500 catch basins.

Residents can help keep catch basins clear of debris by disposing of leaves and other yard waste properly. Proper yard waste disposal includes placing leaves, sticks and twigs in garbage bags, tying the garbage bag closed, placing the garbage bags in City-issued receptacles and closing the lid of the garbage can.

Used motor oil should be disposed of at an authorized drop-off site, not down catch basins.

Call 311 to report a broken or clogged catch basin. NEVER ATTEMPT TO REMOVE THE CATCH BASIN COVER!

Dispose of Yard and Bulky Waste

  • Properties, which are eligible to receive garbage collection by the City, can place up to: 6 bags of yard waste, 6 bundles of branches/carpet (cut in 4’ lengths) and up to 4 tires, curbside on the 2nd collection day.
  • They can also call 311 to schedule a pick-up of more than 6 bags/bundles or other bulky items such as furniture or appliances within volume limits.
  • If you are planning a neighborhood clean-up, call 311 in advance to request a pick up by Sanitation.
  • For more information go to: sanitation

Adopt-a-Catch Basin external link

Protect Yourself from Mosquitoes

Let us know about your clean-up. Neighborhood Engagement Office can help connect you to other City agencies that may be able to provide additional information and resources for your event.


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