City to launch curbside recycling in French Quarter, CBD

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) –At a morning press conference, Mayor Mitch Landrieu announced the return of curbside recycling as a City service in the French Quarter and the Central Business District. Collection of recyclable materials will take place every Tuesday morning by Progressive Waste Solutions.

Starting, Tuesday, January 28, 2014, recycling service will be available to approximately 4,062 eligible and serviced locations. Pick-up will occur weekly, on Tuesday mornings.

As part of the launch of curbside recycling in the French Quarter and CBD, the Sanitation Department will host two free pick-up events within the next month to distribute blue, 18-gallon bins to eligible residents and small businesses at no cost. The smaller bins were selected for the French Quarter and CBD so they can be easily stored in these historic neighborhoods. Residents must provide proof of ownership/residence such as a utility bill, driver's license or rental agreement. 

The events are scheduled as follows:

Saturday, January 25, 2014
Armstrong Park (Basin Street Entrance)
9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Saturday, February 8, 2014
City Hall (Perdido Street Entrance)
9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Future pickup events will be scheduled for residents who miss the first two scheduled events. Residents may also use an existing or purchased 18-gallon blue bin with an imprinted recycling logo.

In the French Quarter and CBD, recycling bins should be placed curbside no earlier than 7 p.m. each Monday, but before 4 a.m. each Tuesday to ensure pick-up.

Materials that will be accepted for curbside recycling include:

  • Paper products including office paper, newspapers, magazines and catalogs
  • Paperboard and cardboard boxes, including snack and food boxes
  • Plastic food and beverage containers such as milk, water and juice bottles
  • Small metal cans and food containers, including aluminum, steel and tin
  • Items that aren't accepted for recycling include

  • Glass
  • Styrofoam
  • Plastic bags and film
  • Bubble wrap
  • Pizza boxes
  • Food contaminated containers