Another unanimous council vote, this time in Jefferson Parish, secured a budget line to reinstitute a parishwide recycling program, a first for the parish since Hurricane Katrina. Parish officials admitted they aren't sure whether the budget can accommodate funding the service, which has a price tag of more than $1 million, designated for IESI Corp. (at about $1.50 per household). Parish President John Young and councilmembers, however, agreed to cover the cost by halting some projects and collecting revenue from tax renewals and landfill fees.
Parish residents will receive 18-gallon recycling bins — smaller than the 64-gallon rolling bins used in neighboring Orleans Parish. (The Jefferson bins are similar to the pre-Katrina "blue" bins, which don't have wheels.) Service is expected to begin in July 2012. Meanwhile, the parish will hold regular recycling drop-off days on both sides of the river, typically from 9 a.m. to noon on designated Saturdays. — Woodward