Tulane University, The Green Project, MWH & The City of New Orleans Department of Sanitation have compiled Recycle New Orleans: An Easy-to-Use Directory of Places that Reuse & Recycle Materials in the New Orleans Area. This thorough guide will point you in the right direction for all of your recycling needs.


Thank you, Phoenix Recycling, for offering bi-weekly, curbside recycling pick-up for New Orleans residents.

Phoenix also offers service to commercial and industrial customers.

Locally owned & operated since 1991.



  • Orleans Parish Recycling Drop-off Events- Suspended for 2009: "The Recycling Foundation of Baton Rouge that sponsored the previous events can no longer provide the monthly service free of charge. The downturn in the economy has impacted the market for recyclable materials. The reduction in the demand for used paper, plastic bottles, glass and metal cans has prompted prices to drop sharply causing a back-log of recyclable materials at the processing plants. Due to the City of New Orleans’ budget constraints in 2009, the City has no funds to provide the service in 2009." - Department of Sanitation



  • Recycling Days - December 6, 2008; October 4, 2008; August 9, 2008; July 12, 2008; June 14, 2008; May 10, 2008; April 12, 2008; March 29, 2008; March 8, 2008; January 12, 2008; December 1, 2007; October, 13, 2007; September 8, 2007; July 28, 2007: The New Orleans Department of Sanitation, the Recycling Foundation of Baton Rouge & Arc of Greater New Orleans sponsored recycling collection dates on the East Bank & the West Bank. The events generated continuous lines of cars filled with New Orleanians eager to support recycling in the city. Accepted items included Mardi Gras beads & throws, plastic (numbers 1 - 7), paper & metal. Glass & hazardous-waste were not accepted. For more information dial 311 or call 504-658-2299. Though New Orleans still lacks a permanent recycling drop-off location, Phoenix Recycling offers a bi-weekly recycling pick-up service for $15 a month.
  • City of New Orleans Christmas Tree Recycling Program: Residents can recycle their Christmas trees by placing them curbside before January 5, 2009 for collection. The City will make a special collection of Christmas trees from January 5 through the 8. Remove all decoration, lights, tinsel, garland, plastic wrap, tree stands, wire, rope, and other foreign materials from the tree before recycling. Flocked trees cannot be recycled. Trees will be used to help rebuild our wetlands. For more information, visit the City of New Orleans's Department of Sanitation.
  • Worn Again II: A Night of Recycled Creativity Benefiting Recycle for the Arts - Friday June 27, 2008 at The Republic, 828 South Peters St.: Designers have 10 days to take a random bag of recycled clothing & materials and crete new, original & mind blowing fashions to rock the runway. Also, Worn Again Jr. gives younger artisits, ages 8-15, the opportunity to take the Worn Again Challenge. For more information, contact Garyt Shiflett at
  • Hazardous Waste Collection Day - March 15, 2008: The St. Tammany Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day was held with the combined efforts of St. Tammany Parish and the Honey Island group of the Sierra Club, in partnership with the city of Slidell and Keep Slidell Beautiful. A total of 427 vehicles dropped off materials, representing 552 households. Some of the materials collected included: 324 tires, over 13,000 pounds of latex paint, & over 10,000 pounds of solvent based paint in addition to a substantial amount of electronic waste and light bulbs. The Sierra Club was responsible for recruiting most of the 62 volunteers for the event, which was also a record. For more information, visit the St. Tammany Parish Government website.
  • Paint & E-Waste Drop-Off at Whole Foods - Saturday December 1, 2007: The Green Project and Whole Foods Arabella Station collected latex paint, computers, monitors & stereos to be recycled.

  • Water Cistern Demo & Workshop - Saturday November 17th: Emery Myers and Pat Ibert lead this free workshop for reducing city-water consumption on Saturday, November 17, 2007, from 10am until noon. Participants learned first hand how to build their own home water collection cistern, as well as build an actual cistern at The Green Project.
  • Recycling Steps from an (Un)Usual Foundation - Saturday September 29, 2007: The New Orleans Department of Sanitation held an Athletic Shoe Recycling Eventon Saturday, September 29 prior to the LSU-Tulane football game. Athletic shoes without metal accents (such as eyelets, zippers, cleats & spikes) were accepted outside the Superdome from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. For more information, dial 311 or call (504) 658-2299.


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