When will your garbage get picked up? Here’s what the city says
While officials are working to straighten out the city’s trash troubles, garbage will be collected only once a week, the Mayor’s Office announced Saturday (Oct. 9)
The temporary change, which took effect immediately, was implemented “to bring a level of consistency to residents,” a press release stated. “This approach will effectively enable twice the number of trucks to operate in the designated area on each service day.”
The service day for Dillard, Fillmore, St. Anthony, part of Lake Terrace and Lake Oaks (west of Elysian Fields), and part of St. Bernard (east of St. Bernard Avenue) will be Friday. The St. Bernard neighborhood west of St. Bernard Avenue gets a Tuesday trash day.
Residents of Gentilly Terrace, Milneburg and Lake Terrace and Oaks between Elysian Fields and Franklin avenues will have their trash picked up on Mondays. In Pontchartrain Park and Gentilly Woods, the garbage will be collected on Thursdays.
Gentilly is in Service Area 2, where the contractor, Metro Service Group, has faced criticism over repeated missed pickups before and after Hurricane Ida. City officials indicated they are seeking a new contractor.
“For Service Area 2, the city plans to initiate a new procurement within the next 60 to 90 days,” the press release states.
The city has also announced the sanitation fee will be suspended for the month of November and reflected as a credit on the Sewerage & Water Board bill.
During the once-a-week collection, the hoppers will be grabbing more than just the 95-gallon roll cart. Up to six trash bags and eligible bulky items will be picked up, the press release states, and additional personal trash cans will be emptied.
Residents can put out their recycling cart — filled with household trash. Any recyclable items on the curb will go into the landfill.
City officials have not released information on when the city will again pick up recyclables, stating: “Curbside recycling remains suspended as the city works to stabilize solid waste collections.”
Residents can bring recyclables to the transfer station at 2829 Elysian Fields Ave. every other Saturday from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. The next drop-off is Oct. 23. See here for more information.
Storm debris — vegetative, construction, appliances, electronics — is being collected separately by the city’s emergency debris contractor, Ceres Environmental. Residents can track storm debris progress here