Jan 4, 2024 - News

Metairie doesn't have residential recycling options — for now

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Residents in Metairie and other parts of unincorporated Jefferson Parish don't have curbside recycling until leaders sign a new contract, hopefully later this month.

Why it matters: Don't bother putting out your recycling bins for at least the next two weeks.

Driving the news: Jefferson Parish has new companies handling its trash and recycling services this year.

  • River Birch Renewable Energy has the new contract for garbage. Pickup days are the same, but the company says it will use trucks with mechanical arms so bin handles must face the house.
  • Jefferson Parish Council chairman Scott Walker tells Axios the contract with Ramelli Waste is being finalized with the hope it will be ready for the council's Jan. 17 meeting.

What he's saying: "I don't know how long it will take them to ramp up" after the deal closes, Walker says.

  • Metairie could be without curbside recycling for a month or two, depending on the contract's timing, he said.

Meanwhile, the parish's two recycling dropoff locations are also closed until further notice, leaders say.

  • So, your options in Metairie are to either throw away your recyclables or hang onto them until curbside services return.

By the numbers: Fees increased with the new contracts.

  • Trash and recycling pickup was $19.88 per month with Waste Management. It's expected to be about $30 per month with the new contracts, writes Marie Fazio at NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune.
  • Residents won't be charged for the weeks when recycling services weren't available, leaders say.

Between the lines: Some council members discussed dropping curbside services entirely, saying only a third of residents participate, Fazio writes.

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