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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

City temporarily suspends glass recycling; adds composting option for residents

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New Orleans still doesn't have home pickup glass recycling, but now the monthly events where residents can drop off glass bottles and such to be recycled has been suspended as well.

According to a press release from the City of New Orleans, glass recycling will be suspended starting April 14 due to an expansion by its glass recycling contractor. No date was given for resumption, though the city notes that all local Target locations offer glass recycling dropoff containers in front of their stores.

New Orleans instituted curbside glass recycling in 2015 for the French Quarter and Downtown Development District, but suspended the practice in 2017, it said, after low citizen participation.
For those who have been wanting to compost egg shells, coffee grounds, fruit and vegetable scraps and other compostables, the city has good news for you: New Orleans is partnering with The Composting Network to accept compost materials via dropoff at its monthly event at the City’s Recycling Drop-Off Center (2829 Elysian Fields Ave.). Note that The Composting Network will not accept dairy products, meat products and a few other things.

Full information below the jump. Happy composting.
NEW ORLEANS – Today, the City of New Orleans Department of Sanitation announced that its glass processing contractor is expanding its facility and capacity to hold recycled glass for the city’s residents. Until the expanded space is finalized and is able to accept glass, the City will temporarily suspend glass recycling at the monthly drop-off events at the City’s Recycling Drop-Off Center (2829 Elysian Fields Ave.) until the glass processor resumes operation.

Beginning Saturday, April 14, glass will not be accepted at the Recycling Drop-Off Center as the glass recycling facility utilized by the City is currently unable to accept glass. The City’s contractor utilized to transport the glass, Metro Services, has agreed to store the glass collected in prior events, until the end of April 2018.

Persons may recycle glass at Target stores in the area at no cost. Target has recycling stations located in front of their store locations. For more information, visit target.com.

In September 2015, the City began curbside glass recycling each week in the French Quarter and the Downtown Development District (DDD). Due to low participation, the City replaced the curbside glass recycling program in the French Quarter and the DDD by the addition of glass to the City’s monthly Recycling Drop-Off Center’s list of accepted items in January 2017, so that all Orleans Parish residents could recycle glass.

City Begins to Offer Composting Service
On Saturday, April 14, 2018, the City of New Orleans Department of Sanitation will kick off its partnership with The Composting Network. The City will accept composting materials this Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the City’s Recycling Drop-Off Center (2829 Elysian Fields Avenue) during its monthly drop-off event.

Beginning this Saturday, individual residents will be able to bring frozen food scraps to be composted by the Composting Network. The Composting Network will accept fruit and vegetable scraps (peels, skins, pits, or seeds), tea bags, coffee grounds including paper filters, eggshells, nutshells, seed shells, plain bread, grains, and plain pasta. The Network will not accept meat, dairy, bones, or foods with oil.

Free Paper Shredding Day on Saturday, April 14
On Saturday, April 14, 2018, the City of New Orleans Department of Sanitation will also host another free paper shredding event from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the City’s Recycling Drop-Off Center (2829 Elysian Fields Ave.)

During Shred Days, which are held four times a year, Orleans Parish residents can bring up to 50 lbs. of personal or sensitive documents to be shredded safely and securely by Iron Mountain in its on-site mobile unit. Iron Mountain will shred mixed office paper, light cardboard and similar materials. They will not shred plastic, compact discs, DVDs or other metal (other than paper clips or staples).

These companies offer their services at no cost to the public as a community service in conjunction with the City’s Recycling Drop Off events, held on the second Saturday of each month.

On the second Saturday of each month, Orleans Parish residents can drop off paper products (newspapers, junk mail, phone books, catalogs, office paper, color inserts); plastics #1 through #7 (water, soda, juice, detergent, plastic pots from nurseries, plastic bags, etc.); metals (aluminum, tin and steel cans); cardboard; boxboard (cereal boxes); Mardi Gras beads; batteries (AA, AAA, AAAA, C, D, 6 & 9 volt, Lithium); light bulbs (incandescent and fluorescent); and electronics such as computers, laptops, phones, televisions (limit 4), microwave ovens (limit 4), tires (limit 4) and designated organics for composting.

Since the City initiated a Recycling Drop Off Center in August 2010, a total of 929 tons have been recycled. Since the current curbside recycling program began in May 2011, a total of 46,500 tons have been recycled. Properties which are eligible to receive solid waste collection by the City, are also eligible to register to receive free recycling services.

For more information, or to order a curbside recycling cart, please call 311 or visit nola.gov/sanitation/recycling. 

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