NEW ORLEANS, LA- Today, the City of New Orleans updated residents on post-Isaac debris and garbage clean up. Deputy Mayor for Operations Michelle Thomas is leading a comprehensive, cross-sector coalition of City departments, private contractors and public and private sector partners to clear the city of debris left behind by Hurricane Isaac.
Hurricane Isaac generated a large amount of debris throughout the City of New Orleans. City workers and contractor crews have been working diligently since storm debris collection began and have collected over 126,000 cubic yards of debris citywide.
Regular Trash contractors and debris crews have been instructed that they are required to pick up black bags. Black bags that were not collected on previous collection passes will be addressed in supplemental passes. Residents are reminded to please leave garbage curbside. Do not place debris and trash on the neutral ground.
In order to help the collection contractors differentiate storm debris from garbage, we ask that residents separate garbage and storm debris piles to make collection easier. The main reason for the separation is that various types of solid waste can only be disposed in certain landfills. Multiple passes are made by different vehicles to collect the various types of debris.
The City is aware that certain areas, particularly in Central City, have not received the proper debris clean-up attention and crews have been deployed to specifically address these areas. If residents have questions or concerns, they are encouraged to call 311 to report non-emergency service requests.