Apr 9, 2024 - News

Jefferson Parish starts recycling again

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Illustration: Allie Carl/Axios

Jefferson Parish will have recycling options for residents this weekend for the first time in 2024.

Why it matters: Curbside recycling ended in December 2023 when the contract expired and council members did not sign a new one.

The big picture: Two drop-off sites open Saturday where residents can bring their recyclables.

  • The sites are at 400 David Drive in Metairie and 6440 Lapalco Boulevard in Marrero.
  • They're open from 10am to 2pm every Saturday.

Zoom in: You need a driver's license or utility bill to prove you live in Jefferson Parish.

How it works: Residents should clean recycling and put these items in bins.

  • Glass bottles and jars.
  • Cardboard.
  • Aluminum, tin and steel cans.
  • Plastics #1 and #2.
  • Mixed paper.

The fine print: Don't bag recycling. The plastic bags clog the mechanical sorters.

By the numbers: Council members signed six-month contracts with Glass Half Full and Realcycle to operate the drop-off sites.

  • The contracts are $14,999 each, according to Marie Fazio at NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune.
  • Both companies already offer curbside recycling in the parish for subscribers.

What's next: Curbside recycling may return in Jefferson Parish, but leaders say they are ironing out details, such as whether residents will have to opt-in individually.

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