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The City of New Orleans announced plans to re-instate a curbside recycling program for the first time since Hurricane Katrina.
The program will begin in the service areas covered by Metro Disposal and Richard's Disposal.
Residents in those service areas can visit http://recycle.nola.gov to register for curbside recycling carts.
Carts will be provided by the City on request. Residents may also fill out the Recycling Service Notice manually and mail it to City Hall at 1300 Perdido Street, New Orleans, LA 70112 or fax it to (504) 658-3801.
Items accepted for curbside recycling will include:
• Paper products including office paper, newspapers and color inserts, magazines, catalogs, junk mail, paper boxes (including cereal boxes, 12-pack soft drink boxes), telephone books, and shredded paper;
• Plastic containers coded #1 through #7 (water, soda, juice bottles, etc.) and plastic pots from nurseries;
• Small metal cans; and
The curbside recycling program is slated to begin in the 2nd quarter of 2011, a little later than originally planned. It will supplement the City's ongoing recycling and e-waste drop-off, which will continue to be held on Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at 2829 Elysian Fields Avenue.
Last week, the city put out a request for proposals to purchase 50,000 64-gallon recycling bins. More than 100,000 households are serviced by Metro and Richard's.
The two garbage collectors agreed to begin curbside recycling, when they re-negotiated their sanitation contracts with the city last year, in an effort to save the city money.
Under the new deals, Metro and Richard's will collect recyclables once a week, in addition to their twice weekly garbage pickup.