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Recycling collection coming back to most of Mid-City

The Mid-City area (shaded in light pink) bordered by Esplanade Avenue, North Carrollton and Pontchartrain Expressway has Monday trash collection and Tuesday recycling collection with Richard’s Disposal. The area above Carrollton (in green) has Saturday trash pickup and Tuesday recycling collection. (

Most Mid-City neighborhoods will get curbside recycling again in the new year, beginning the week of Jan. 3, 2022.

Residents serviced by Richard’s Disposal can once again roll their city-issued recycling cart to the curb for the first time since recycling pickup was suspended after Hurricane Ida hit the area on Aug. 29.

Recycling remains suspended in a few neighborhoods in the Mid-City area, including the Fairgrounds Triangle, Navarre, and parts of City Park and Faubourg St. John. Households serviced by Metro Disposal will not have curbside recycling until a new contractor is chosen in 2022.

Recycling carts placed curbside in those areas will be collected with the other trash and taken to the landfill.

Residents of Service Area 2, currently serviced by Metro Disposal, will not have recycling pickup until a new contractor is chosen. (

For households in the Richard’s service area, recycling will resume on the same day it was picked before the suspension. For most of Mid-City, that’s Tuesday, Jan 4.

If you don’t know your pickup day, you can view trash collection days by address here.

And in case you’ve forgotten what to put in the cart, here’s what the city will accept for recycling pickup:

  • Plastics #1 (soda/water bottles)
  • Plastics #2 (milk/juice/shampoo/detergent containers)
  • Newspapers, office paper, junk mail, phone books, catalogs
  • Corrugated cardboard
  • Boxboard (such as cereal boxes and soft drink boxes)
  • Small aluminum and steel cans

View a full list of items that can be recycled curbside and how to sort them here.

The city warns residents not to put their recyclables in plastic bags for curbside collection. The bags won’t be picked up.

The city’s Recycling Drop-Off Center at 2829 Elysian Fields Ave. is still open on Saturdays from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. The weekly Drop-Off Center accepts items that are also picked up curbside, plus some that are not: glass, batteries, electronics such as TVs and computers, light bulbs, Mardi Gras beads, tires and compostable organic scraps.

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