After an absence of more than 10 years, Kenner’s municipal curbside recycling program will resume May 5, the city said this week.
But first, beginning Monday, officials will spend up to three weeks distributing green recycling bins to more than 22,000 Kenner households.
Acting Kenner Mayor Mike Sigur is scheduled to give a presentation on the recycling program at Thursday’s City Council meeting.
According to Sigur’s office, the program will be open to any residents who get their garbage collected curbside by Ramelli Waste, Kenner’s trash contractor since 2006.
Ramelli will use specialized trucks to pick up recyclables on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays when the program restarts. Those days also will continue serving as the second trash pickup days for households that receive normal garbage collection service on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, respectively.
Recyclable items include periodicals, paperboard boxes, plastic containers for food and beverages, aluminum cans and food containers that are made of steel and ferrous metal.
Residents who are unsure about whether items are eligible can simply check if they have green recycle symbols on them, the city said.
Recyclables that don’t fit in bins can be left in adjacent bags or boxes that won’t be blown away by wind.
The city also reminded residents that leaving trash or recycling bins out by the street on non-collection days violates the law.
Kenner’s recycling program is returning as part of a contract signed in early February that ensures Ramelli Waste will continue picking up trash in the city for the next decade.
Ramelli’s contract pays it about $241,560, or $10.98 per household, monthly.
The new contract ensures that cost won’t increase drastically during the life of the deal, except for adjustments to keep up with inflation, the city has said.
Kenner previously offered residents a curbside recycling program, but it was discontinued after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Private firms later tried to fill the curbside void, but none of those services really found a foothold.
As a partial substitute, Kenner set up three sites where residents could drop off recyclables. Those will be discontinued once the curbside recycling program resumes, the city said.