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Thursday, January 29, 2009

SDT's Recycling Redux

Posted By on Thu, Jan 29, 2009 at 9:33 PM

Let's try this again:


Some time after Mardi Gras, SDT Waste & Debris Services anticipates kicking off its much buzzed-about curbside recycling in Orleans and St. Bernard parishes. Customers will pay a monthly fee based on a one- or three-year contract with SDT and receive biweekly recycling pickup on regular trash collection days.


Though the initial contracts sent to participating customers in late December only offered a three-year commitment, SDT president Sidney Torres says the company now is offering a one-year alternative. The optional one-year plan also may alleviate concerns for renters or short-term residents who could not commit to a three-year service.


Torres says the company wanted to ensure a fixed price for three years to make up the cost for customers to be provided with a free, 35-gallon cart for recyclable material. And for those who decide to tackle a three-year contract in light of a “should I stay or should I go” kind of town, Torres says customers can transfer their contract to another address in the New Orleans area should they decide to move.


“But if they sign a contract with us, if it’s a year or two years, they’d have to honor the contract,” he says.


First-round contracts also said customers would have to wait until at least 500 customers in their respective ZIP code returned completed contracts. A map pinpointing service contract requests on SDT’s Web site shows some ZIP codes have more than 1,000 requests, while others have only a handful. Torres says customers in areas with fewer requests would not have to wait.


“We decided to expand the area,” he says. “Instead of having 500 people within a ZIP code, we’re actually going to do the entire New Orleans area, and we’re going to do the St. Bernard area. You can have only 200 people in your area, but if you’re in New Orleans or St. Bernard, we’re still going to cover you.”


Torres says customers will pay $15 a month on a one-year contract and $14 for a three-year contract. The program requires customers to pay the monthly fee with an electronic check or credit card charge.


For more information call SDT at 940-2177 or visit

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