It can be frustrating to be an environmentalist and committed to recycling in Louisiana. I created this guide to recycling + re-use in New Orleans to help make it a little easier & save you some legwork. Please let me know if you have additional info or tips & I'll add it to the list!
When I was in high school we did a 'walk in my shoes' job day, I selected to spend the day in the Recycling Center / Landfill manager's shoes for the day. It made a significant impact on me to see those mountains of trash first hand. At that time I was living in a small town, I continually imagine how large landfills need to be for our sprawling and growing metropolises. Between that & having grown up in Europe for my formative years, I am physically unable to throw things away that are recyclable or re-usable. So much so that a funny ex-boyfriend gave me the nickname 'repsycho' - haha. But seriously, it does make a difference, check out the details below.
P.S. - A * before a listed location indicates a place for Re-use, otherwise locations are for recycling.
Paper, Plastics 1-7, Cardboard, & Small Metal Cans -
Curbside recycling, call 311 to request your recycle bin, it can take a couple weeks to arrive btw.
Target, 4500 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie
Tulane University's Newcomb Art Department, accepts clear glass only, must call (504) 865-5327 before you go, donations can be overwhelming at times.
(Please bring it back, Whole Foods on Broad Street!)
Home Depot, 1100 S. Claiborne, container near the entrance / returns desk
*Drop Boxes, click to find the closest to you (Louisiana-wide)
Best Buy, 1138 S. Clearview Pkwy, additional locations, call to confirm
Best Buy accepts: Audio Equipment, Cameras, Car Audio/Video/GPS, Cellphones, Computers & Tablets, Radios, Rechargeable Batteries, Video Equipment. Check here for the comprehensive list and further info.
Target, 4500 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, Small Electronics only, 3" or less
TVs - Best Buy, 1138 S. Clearview Pkwy, double check for size limitations
The City's Recycling Drop-off Center accepts most of the above + more on the 2nd Saturday of each month at 2829 Elysian Fields Avenue, 8am-1pm. See the link for a full list of accepted items.
ps - Beautiful Marsh pic via @ILoveYouLouisiana on Instagram
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