The basics: Learn about CURBSIDE RECYCLING

Curbside recycling is accessible to all residents in New Orleans that qualify for solid waste (garbage) collection. First, get your bin by calling 311. Then, start collecting your recycling in your new bin. Here is what’s accepted in the City of New Orleans:

  • Paper (newspaper, magazines, junk mail, office paper, phone books, catalogs)

  • Plastics (#1 through #7)

  • Small metal cans (aluminum, steel, tin)

  • Cardboard

  • Paperboard (cereal boxes, toothpaste boxes)

  • Waxed cartons (juice boxes, milk cartons)

HELPFUL TIPS:

  • Keep it simple—only recycle what is on the list above. If you aren’t sure about an item, contact the Department of Sanitation. Avoid recycling something because you think it might be recyclable. Chances are, it probably isn’t.

  • Only recycle the clean stuff! Before tossing your metals and plastic food containers, give them a rinse. Anything too dirty like greasy pizza boxes or take-out containers should go in the garbage. This helps avoid contamination and mold.

  • Don’t bag your recycling—toss your recyclables directly in the bin. Thin, plastic garbage bags can actually clog the mechanics of recycling sorters. This sort of filmy plastic, like packaging and single use plastic bags, must be recycled through a separate process. Most grocery stores will take back these kinds of bags.

  • Breakdown boxes and crush cans to fit more in your bin.

For COMMON (but not curbside) ITEMS: Use the NEW ORLEANS RECYCLING DROP-OFF CENTER

DATES: 2nd & 4th Saturdays of every month
HOURS:
8am–1pm
ADDRESS:
2829 Elysian Fields

Another recycling option for New Orleans residents is to utilize the Recycling Drop Off Center on Elysian Fields. On the second and fourth Saturdays of every month, you can drop off standard recycling along with:

  • Mardi Gras beads

  • E-waste (computers, laptops, cell/phones, telephone systems, cable, x-Boxes, Playstations, Wii, MP3s, DVRs, DVDs, UPS, circuit systems, ink jet and toner cartridges, laptops, printers, fax  machines, uninterruptible power supplies, circuit boards, digital cameras/picture frames, stereos, speakers, MP3 players, security systems, GPS devices, video games)

  • Televisions (limit 4)

  • Batteries (AA, AAA, AAAA, C, D, 6, & 9 volt)

  • Light bulbs (incandescent and fluorescent)

  • Glass (limit 50 lbs)

  • Tires (limit 5)

For Odd Stuff: Browse the NEW ORLEANS RECYCLING GUIDE

Find out more recycling options for appliances, home goods, scrap metal and more through the New Orleans Recycling Guide.