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New Orleans Re-establishes Curbside Recycling for French Quarter, Business District

New Orleans is re-establishing curbside recycling service for residents and businesses in the French Quarter and Central Business District.

The city said in a news release the service is part of a one-year extension agreement with Vaughan, Ontario-based Progressive Waste Solutions Ltd. The services will be for residents and small businesses in those districts beginning Jan. 28. Pickup will occur weekly, and about 4,062 locations are eligible.

The curbside recycling service to those regions is the first since Hurricane Katrina devastated the city in 2005.

Materials accepted for curbside recycling include paper products, paperboard and cardboard boxes, plastic food and beverage containers, and small metal cans and food containers.

The New Orleans Sanitation Department will distribute 18-gallon bins to eligible customers at no cost. The city chose the smaller bins so they could be easily stored in the historic neighborhoods.

“Expanding recycling to the French Quarter and Central Business District is another important step to creating a truly sustainable New Orleans,” said Mayor Mitch Landrieu. “We heard citizens say loud and clear that they wanted recycling so we have made it a priority to reintroduce this service in neighborhoods across the city.” Curbside recycling is currently available for eligible residential properties and small businesses throughout the city, served by Richard's Disposal and Metro Disposal.

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