Curbside glass recycling is returning to the French Quarter and Central Business District on Sept. 24 after a decadelong hiatus.
About 4,000 households and businesses will be eligible for the service, which had been in place until it was discontinued after Hurricane Katrina.
Glass recycling will take place on Thursdays, while all other recyclables will be collected on Tuesdays.
Each household or business is eligible for one free blue recycling bin from the city and can have one delivered by calling 311. If a resident or business already has a city-provided bin and wants a second one, they will have to buy their own blue bin with a recycling logo.
Glass will be collected on its own day in order to prevent broken bottles from contaminating other recyclables, a major problem for companies that process the material, Deputy Sanitation Department Director Mark Torri said.
It also will be transported in its own collection truck to avoid problems.
Hotels and apartment complexes in the Quarter and CBD contract with trash collection companies on their own and are not eligible for the new glass recycling service. However, Torri said, the administration hopes the businesses will decide to push for glass recycling to be added as a service in their contracts.
Other areas of the city will not see glass recycling immediately, though it could be a part of the discussion when contracts with the two companies that handle trash collection in the rest of New Orleans come up for renewal at the end of 2016, Torri said. There could be problems in scaling up the service to cover the rest of the city, he said.
While other types of recycling were restarted in 2010, glass recycling has traditionally been difficult to implement because of the cost of transporting heavy bottles and the relatively low value of the recycled material.
There are no glass recycling centers in Louisiana, so the bottles will have to be transported to Pearl River, Mississippi, where they will be processed into material for road construction.
The addition of glass recycling will cost the city about $60,000 a year.