Apr 16, 2024 - News

Jefferson Parish tweaks DIY recycling for East Bank

Photo shows people emptying recycling out of the trunk if a vehicle.

Glass Half Full workers and employees unloaded recycling Saturday at the David Drive dump in Metairie. Photo: Carlie Kollath Wells/Axios

Jefferson Parish is moving the weekly East Bank recycling drop-off location to the Yenni Building in hopes of making the process faster for residents, officials confirmed Tuesday.

Why it matters: Many people waited in line at least 30 minutes during the parish's first drop-off day at the David Drive location.

The big picture: The weekly drop-off is a compromise with council leaders and temporarily replaces curbside recycling.

  • The parish has been without curbside recycling since the contract ended in December 2023.

My experience: I waited in the drive-thru line Saturday for about 40 minutes.

  • An employee checked my ID and then Glass Half Full staff and volunteers unloaded my recycling.
  • I stayed in my car the entire time.
  • People arrived with recyclables already sorted in green bins and paper bags.
Photo shows cars in line and people walking around in neon yellow vests.
The traffic was backed up onto David Drive around 1:15pm Saturday when I got in line. This is what it looked like when I got to the front of the line. Photo: Carlie Kollath Wells/Axios

Between the lines: Future drop-offs should be faster since the first one tackled the backlog of everyone who had been saving items for months, officials say.

  • The turnout was "better than anticipated" with hundreds of people showing up, Katherine Costanza, the parish's environmental affairs director, tells Axios New Orleans.

How it works: The Marrero drop-off site remains at 6440 Lapalco Boulevard.

  • In Metairie, residents now will enter the Yenni Building parking lot on Citrus Boulevard and exit on the Elmwood side, Costanza said.
  • Both will open from 10am to 2pm every Saturday.

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

Zoom in: These items are accepted at the drop-off points.

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

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.

💭 Carlie's thought bubble: I'm glad Jefferson Parish has recycling options again, and I'm glad they are working the kinks out.

  • I'm also relieved I had an audiobook to make the time pass.
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