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After Ida, no recycle pickups and for a while no garbage ones either. Then the garbage starte4d up and now, Richards will commence picking up recycling on the same schedule as before.

Curbside recycling is returning to New Orleans, but only for about half the city. Customers in “Service Area 1,” where Richards Disposal is the primary contractor, will see a resumption in recycling services starting on Monday, according to a news release from Mayor LaToya Cantrell’s administration. Service Area 1 covers upriver neighborhoods, Mid-City and Algiers. “Service Area 2,” which covers downriver neighborhoods, Lakeview, Gentilly and areas east of the Industrial Canal, will continue to go without recycling for the foreseeable future.

We have not had this since the end of August so 4-5 months fo recycling going into the garbage.

Curbside recycling was put on indefinite hold after Hurricane Ida struck southwest of New Orleans on Aug. 29. Many residents were already enduring delayed pickups before the storm, and an extended blackout afterward contributed to a full-blown crisis. Garbage bags overwhelmed residential blocks across the city throughout September, especially in Service Area 2. The Cantrell administration is planning to rebid the Metro Service Group contract for Service Area 2 in the first quarter of 2022, and recycling service is expected to resume once a new contractor is in place. After collections resume in Service Area 1 on Jan. 3, they will proceed on the same weekly schedule that was in place before the hurricane, an administration spokesperson said.

Not sure what Service Area you are in? A link is provided to let you know.

A map showing collection days can be viewed at (NOTE: the city’s map also shows recycling days for Service Area 2; this is not accurate).  The two service areas cover the vast majority of the city, with similar-size customer counts between 70,000 and 75,000. Recycling is already active in a third service area, covering the French Quarter and Downtown Development District. Common household items made of plastic, paper, aluminum and cardboard are eligible for recycling. They should not be placed in bags before being tossed in recycling carts.

If the same schedule, we will see, I am Wednesday. And not bagging the recycling will be new to me and how much will blow away as they sling the containers around? Again, we will see. I, though, are glad to be back to recycling.

Curb recycle efforts to resume
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