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Battling workforce shortage, NOLA offers drop-off trash location

Published: Sep. 15, 2021 at 11:11 AM CDT|Updated: Sep. 15, 2021 at 3:13 PM CDT
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NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - The City of New Orleans is organizing a drop-off location for people to bring bagged garbage in the wake of Ida, according to Mayor LaToya Cantrell, as city workers struggle to keep up with the demand for collection.

The site will open at 11 a.m. on Wed., Sept. 15 at the Elysian Fields Transfer Station (2829 Elysian Fields Ave.).

As opposed to going to the landfill, dropping off trash here will be free of charge, as the city works to increase the number of contractors collecting garbage. Some people have not had trash picked up in over two weeks. The city says over 30% of households across New Orleans have not had garbage pickups since Hurricane Ida.

“At its core, this is a capacity issue. There was a limited workforce for this sector before the storm, and Ida’s impact only exacerbated the problem. We are looking at 3-5x the workload, with about 25% of the workforce,” Cantrell tweeted.

On Tuesday, communications director Beau Tidwell said multiple firms submitted bids for two emergency garbage contracts to send a minimum of 20 trucks per day to collect two-week-old trash.

“It is very nasty and filthy in New Orleans.. something needs to be done,” says Lionel Bachemin.

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Residents are happy there’s a place to bring their garbage, but they say it shouldn’t have come to this. 

“I got the spray and all. I got it dumped and now it’s out of the way but hopefully, the city will get it together and come up with a better solution because what about the people who can’t come, who don’t have vehicles, and that trash is still sitting there?” says Will Johnson. 

“I’m glad this is really open because a lot of people know now that they can get rid of their garbage. It stinks. It’s filthy,” says Bachemin.

Hours will be 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. daily moving forward. There may be long lines and wait times. Officers will be on hand to direct traffic along Elysian Fields Avenue.

The city will not accept vegetative debris, construction debris, appliances, electronics, or tires.

If you have any questions, you’re asked to call 311.

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