It’s almost time for curbside recycling in Jefferson Parish. Again. Progressive Waste Solutions workers began distributing green, 18-gallon containers to nearly 111,000 households this week throughout unincorporated areas of the parish and Jean Lafitte.
All houses and apartment buildings with fewer than five units are to receive a container in the coming weeks.Collection begins July 2.
The new program is very similar to what was in effect before Hurricane Katrina, said Katherine Costanza, assistant director of the parish’s Department of Environmental Affairs. “This is basically going to be a single-stream type of collection system,” she said. “Everything can be put together in the bin.”
The services costs $1.59 per for household. However, the Parish Council has decided to pay for the service with surplus money from a landfill tax that was approved in April, as well as money left over from an unfinished project in Metairie..
Costanza said many common household items may be recycled, though glass is not on the list. Items that will be accepted include:
- Paper products, including newspaper, magazines, catalogs, telephone books, corrugated paper, cardboard and paperboard, such as cereal boxes.
- Plastics 1 through 7. To ensure your plastic item will be accepted, look for the triangular recycling logo on the product. Inside the triangle is a number that identifies the item.
- Aluminum cans.
Recyclables will be collected once a week on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday, depending on the homeowner’s garbage schedule. The recycling day will be the same as the first of a homeowner’s two garbage days for the week. For example, areas with a Tuesday-Friday garbage schedule will have recycling bins emptied on Tuesday.
“That means you put out your recycling bin the night before the pickup day, the same as with garbage pickup,” Costanza said.
The collection process is expected to be faster than under the old system in the parish before Katrina, Costanza said. That’s because Progressive Waste workers won’t be separating items into different compartments of the truck. That’s called a dual-stream system.
“Now, everything is put in together. It’s much more efficient,” Costanza said.
Mailers will be sent later this month to explain the program, along with advertisements in The Times-Picayune, said Julie Tufaro, Progressive’s recycling coordinator for Jefferson Parish. “We definitely want to inform and educate every person in the parish,” she said.
So far, the response to the arrival of the recycling bins has been very positive, said Luis Lizama, operations manager for Progressive. “There’s a lot of excitement,” he said. “The No. 1 question we get is if someone can get more bins.”
The answer is yes, Lizama said, but only after all others in the parish get their first bin, a process that’s expected to take another two weeks.
“If someone wants to call and request a second bin, they are welcome to do that,” Lizama said. “We want to encourage as much participation as possible.”
Source: Nola.com & The Times-Picayune
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