With new contract signed, curbside recycling coming to Gretna

GRETNA, La. (AP) - Now that the Gretna City Council has ratified a 10-year garbage contract, curbside recycling is expected to begin in September.

Residents have long sought curbside recycling, but were relegated to two drop-off stations.

Our partners at NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune report that Mayor Belinda Constant said she thinks city officials negotiated the best possible deal with IESI-Progressive Waste Solutions.

The monthly bill for twice-weekly residential garbage collection will remain at $15.73 for a year. Constant said Monday that fee will be adjusted in 2015 to reflect an increase in the Consumer Price Index.

The contract, valued at $13 million over the decade, also doubles the amount of bulky waste accepted for collection, from the current 4 cubic yards. And the company will contribute at least $10,000 annually to the Gretna Heritage Festival.

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