Mayor Cantrell signs ordinance increasing Frenchmen Street trash pickup service

(Photo: Frenchmen Street May 2018. | Collision Conf | CC Flickr)
New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell signed an ordinance designed to increase trash pickup services along Frenchmen Street, according to an announcement on Friday.

The ordinance affects the portion of Frenchmen Street between Esplanade Avenue and Dauphine Street, a section that includes a high concentration of restaurants and bars heavily frequented by tourists and locals, similar to what’s seen in the French Quarter, according to Cantrell.

As a result, City Code Chapter 138, which deals with trash services, was amended to include Frenchmen Street.

“We need the sanitation efforts we’ve seen in the French Quarter area applied to Frenchmen Street,” Cantrell said.

She included the hashtag #CleanupNOLA in her press release.

“Frenchmen’s increased popularity with residents and visotrs alike means we need to increase our sanitation services to ensure we are providing everyone with a healthy sand safe environment to enjoy the cultural contributions of this area of the,” said Kristin Gisleson Palmer, District C City Council member.

The ordinance will have two sets of impacts, with the first including trash collection changes:

All carts must be removed from the curb no later than 9 a.m. after the morning collection;

Everyone must place their solid waste on the curb prior to 4 a.m. for collection between the hours of 4 and 8 a.m.;

Properties which receive evening collections are to place their solid waste curbside no earlier than 3:30 p.m. for collection between the hours of 4 and 6 p.m. All carts are to be removed from the curb as soon as possible after collections;

All carts are to be removed from the curb between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. each day.

The second set of impacts includes:

If an exemption from using a roll cart is obtained from the Department of Sanitation, residents must place their solid waste in a 0.8 mil or greater black, plastic bags;

Solid waste from commercial businesses is to be properly contained in garbage receptacles with tight fitting lids or placed in fastened 3 mil or greater black, plastic garbage bags;

White trash bags, grocery bags, paper bags and cardboard boxes are not acceptable for collection of solid waste.

All commercial businesses within the designated boundaries are to make arrangements with their private collection contractors to increase the frequency of collections during special events, if significant increases in their volumes of solid waste are anticipated, according to officials.