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The City of New Orleans

Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu

Recycling

The City of New Orleans offers free weekly curbside recycling to properties that are eligible for the collection of solid waste by the City.  Eligible properties include those with four units or less, which generate less than 95 gallons of solid waste at each routine collection (outside the French Quarter & DDD) or less than 35 gallons of solid waste at each routine collection (within the French Quarter & DDD).  Hotels, restaurants, and bars are not eligible for City sanitation services.

Recycling Information

Who is eligible for recycling from the City?

Small businesses, single-family dwellings and multi-family dwellings that are eligible for solid waste collection by the City are eligible for curbside recycling collection by the City. 

Eligible properties include those with four units or less, which generate less than 95 gallons of solid waste at each routine collection (outside the French Quarter and DDD) or less than 35 gallons of solid waste at each routine collection (within French Quarter and DDD). 

Hotels, restaurants, and bars are not eligible for City sanitation services.

How do I register for curbside recycling?

Orleans Parish residents should call 311 between the hours of 8:00am and 5:00pm, Monday-Friday, to register for the curbside recycling program.

What items can be recycled curbside?

Items that can be recycled curbside include

  • Paper (newspaper, magazines, junk mail, office paper, phone books, catalogs)
  • Plastics (#1 through #7)
  • Small metal cans (aluminum, steel, tin)
  • Cardboard
  • Paperboard (cereal boxes, toothpaste boxes)
  • Waxed cartons (juice boxes, milk cartons)

View full list of items that can be recycled curbside and how to sort them here.

When will my recycling be picked up?

Recycling pick-up depends on address. View recycling schedule by neighborhood here.

How do I report a missed collection?

Citizens should report missed collections by calling 311 Monday to Friday. 311 agents will log the missed collection and send a ticket to the collection company to address.

How do I receive a recycling container?

Residents who are eligible for City sanitation services should call 311 between 8:00am and 5:00pm, Monday-Friday, to request one free recycling container.

What type of collection container will I receive?

In the areas outside the French Quarter and Downtown Development District, the City provides one free 64-gallon black Recycling Roll Cart per eligible unit.

In the French Quarter and Downtown Development District, the City provides one free 18-gallon blue Recycling Bin per eligible unit. 

When will my collection container be delivered?

Recycling containers should be delivered within four weeks of request.

What happens if my collection container is stolen?

Replacement 64-gallon Recycling Roll Carts can be obtained from the City for a fee. Call 311 Monday through Friday between 8am and 5pm for information on replacement Residential Recycling Roll Carts.

Replacement 18-gallon Recycling Bins can be purchased from local stores.  All bins should be 18-gallon, blue or black, and have the recycling logo imprinted.

 

Can I recycle electronics?

Yes. The Department of Sanitation offers a Recycling Drop-Off Center at 2829 Elysian Fields Avenue on the second Saturday of every month from 8:00am until 1:00pm. View the household items recycling drop-off schedule, including a free Household Hazardous Waste Day and free "shred" days.

Accepted at the Monthly Recycling Drop-Off Center

  • Newspapers/junk mail/phone books/catalogs/office paper
  • Plastics #1 through #7
  • E-waste (computers, laptops, cell/phones, telephone systems, cable, x-Boxes, Playstations, Wii, MP3s, DVRs, DVDs, UPS, circuit systems, televisions (limit 4)
  • Small metal cans
  • Cardboard/boxboard (cereal boxes)/waxboard (juice boxes)
  • Mardi Gras beads
  • Batteries (AA, AAA, AAAA, C, D, 6, & 9 volt)
  • Light bulbs (incandescent and flourescent)
  • Tires (limit 4)

Can I recycle batteries and/or light bulbs?

Yes. The Department of Sanitation offers a monthly Recycling Drop-Off Center at 2829 Elysian Fields Avenue on the second Saturday of every month from 8:00am until 1:00pm.  During this time, citizens can drop off batteries and lightbulbs, as well as a number of other items.

View the Recycling Drop-Off Calendar, which includes Household Hazardous Waste Day and Shred Days.

Accepted at the Monthly Recycling Drop-Off Center

    • Newspapers/junk mail/phone books/catalogs/office paper
    • Plastics #1 through #7
    • E-waste (computers, laptops, cell/phones, telephone systems, cable, x-Boxes, Playstations, Wii, MP3s, DVRs, DVDs, UPS, circuit systems, televisions (limit 4)
    • Small metal cans
    • Cardboard/boxboard (cereal boxes)/waxboard (juice boxes)
    • Mardi Gras beads
    • Batteries (AA, AAA, AAAA, C, D, 6, & 9 volt)
    • Light bulbs (incandescent and fluorescent)
    • Tires (limit 4)

Can I have my personal papers shredded?

Yes. On certain dates, citizens can shred personal and/or sensitive paper goods up to 50 pounds per person at the Recycling Drop-Off Center at 2829 Elysian Fields Avenue. This is a free community service offered in partnership with Iron Mountain. 

View the Household Items Recycling Drop-Off Calendar, which includes Household Hazardous Waste Day and Shred Days.

What are my recycling options if I live in a unit not eligible for curbside collection?

The Recycling Drop-Off Center at 2829 Elysian Fields Avenue is open to all citizens.

 
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Last updated: 8/28/2014 1:19:56 PM

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