Illegal dumping is a well-known problem in New Orleans. Throughout the city, vacant lots in Algiers, the Lower Ninth Ward, and New Orleans East have become hot spots of illegal dumping. Burned out cars, tires, construction debris, trash, and other litter take over the empty lots and tumbles into the streets, creating eyesores.
Mayor LaToya Cantrell hopes to change all that with her #CleanUpNOLA campaign. As part of the new effort, ten city crime cameras have been placed targeting illegal dumping spots throughout the city. These cameras are linked into the city’s Real Time Crime Center and have already begun achieving results.
According to a Facebook post by the Mayor on Wednesday, seven incidents have already been tracked and are in various stages of enforcement:
Report Illegal Dumping
New Orleans residents are encouraged to do their part to help prevent illegal dumping. If you see any illegal dumping occurring, please call 311 or the NOPD non-emergency report line at 504-821-2222. Be sure to have on hand some information, such as:
- Time, date, and location of the incident
- The type of material that’s been dumped
- The make, model, color, and, if possible, license plate of the vehicle
- Description of the person dumping
Bulky Trash Pickup
The city will also pick up tires and furniture as part of the bulky trash pickup. You can call 311 to schedule a pickup for items such as furniture, carpet, yard waste, tires, mattresses, and more. Please do not set items out on the curb until 24 hours of your scheduled pickup.
Hazardous Waste Disposal
New Orleans also conducts a yearly hazardous waste collection. In 2019, the date for collection is May 19, 2019, and will be held at 2829 Elysian Fields Ave, between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m.