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Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu

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City provides additional instructions for garbage and debris pick up following Hurricane Isaac

September 04, 2012

NEW ORLEANS – On Tuesday, the City of New Orleans announced that it was directing garbage contractors to add more trucks and crews to pick up garbage and debris. Due to Hurricane Isaac, the City suspended garbage collections on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of last week. As a result, it is taking longer to collect the volume of garbage and debris that has been placed curbside. Contractors have added additional crews and equipment and have been working extended hours since Friday.

Portions of Mid-City, Hollygrove and Gert Town that were scheduled for pick up on Saturday, September 1, will be picked up today.

Crews are scheduled to finish yesterday's routes today.  Areas in Algiers, the Bywater, Garden District and Gentilly will have their garbage collected on Tuesday, September 5.   

Garbage and debris must be placed between the sidewalk and the street curb for collection. Due to large volume of garbage/debris, in the event that collection was missed on your scheduled day, it will be picked up the following day.

Do not place garbage or debris on neutral grounds, near trees, utility poles or fire hydrants. Please remove carts from the front of properties as soon as possible, once collection has occurred. By City Code, carts are not to remain continuously on sidewalks.

For normal, scheduled collection by the City’s contractors: 

  • Household garbage must be in garbage carts or secured in thick black bags; 
  • Tree limbs and branches must be cut less than four (4) feet in length and twelve (12) inches in diameter, and bundled;
  • Bagged leaves, weeds, grass, small vegetation clippings and hedge clippings;
  • Carpet less than four (4) feet in length, rolled and tied; and
  • Up to four (4) tires are allowed per scheduled collection.

For collection of debris as a result of Hurricane Isaac by the City’s emergency debris removal contractors or the Louisiana National Guard, please separate into the following piles: 

  • Vegetative debris such as large tree branches or logs;
  • White goods such as refrigerators, freezers, washers, dryers, air conditioners, stoves, water heaters, dishwashers;
  • E-Waste such as: Computers, radios, stereos, DVD players;
  • Construction debris such as building materials, drywall, lumber, carpet, furniture, mattresses, plumbing, car tires; and
  • Household Hazardous Waste such as batteries, televisions, pesticides, oils, paints, cleaning supplies, compressed gas.

NOTE REVISED REQUIREMENT: Do not place hurricane related debris, other than garbage, in black bags. Contents must be visible for collection by the emergency debris contractors.  

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