As members of City Council try to squeeze the return of citywide recycling pickup into Mayor Mitch Landrieu's budget, Landrieu announced a compromise: At the tail end of his first 100 days as the mayor, Landrieu opened a city-provided recycling drop-off site at 2829 Elysian Fields Ave. Orleans Parish residents and small businesses can drop off recyclables between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. every Saturday.
Landrieu also announced the return of recycling at City Hall and the main New Orleans Public Library (219 Loyola Ave.)
"We heard citizens loud and clear asking for recycling again, and this is a first step in the right direction as we continue to research ways to grow the program," Landrieu said in a statement Aug. 10.
This is a first for post-Katrina New Orleans, where, under the direction of former mayor Ray Nagin's sanitation director Veronica White, recycling was ruled out of the question due to budget constraints. Landrieu, however, announced recycling would return despite a $67 million shortfall in the city's budget.
Accepted materials include paper, cardboard, newspapers, magazines, junk mail, aluminum cans, plastic bottles and containers, tin, steel and metal cans, and up to four tires. The program does not accept glass. Materials don't have to be sorted. People dropping off materials show a Louisiana ID to prove residency in the parish. — Alex Woodward