Watch: Mayor Cantrell announces 4 contracts aimed at solving trash crisis in New Orleans

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NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) — On Thursday, September 23, 25 days after Hurricane Ida hit the area. New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell provided the city with the latest update in response to trash pick-up.

In the conference, Mayor Cantrell addressed the issues and challenges the city has faced and continues to face.

Operation Mardi Gras has picked up 197 loads of trash as of Thursday according to Cantrell. Mayor Cantrell said trash collections across the board remain a top priority for and her team. She also announced four additional contracts for curbside solid waste collections in both service areas one and two.

She said that the emergency contracts that will be entering the mission will be coordinated.

Beginning Friday, city contractors will continue to ramp up resources through the weekend. The city will not be assessing private property.

Emergency contracts will be awarded to Ceres Environmental Services, LLC; River Birch, LLC; Waste Management, Inc. and Witt O’Brien’s, LLC. The City is pursuing FEMA funding to subsidize the cost; the current estimates for all new emergency trash collection is in the range of $20M. 

“These additional contracts will supplement curbside solid waste trash collection in both service areas and will include methodical coordination as they work in partnership with our current contractors that are stepping in to assist,” said Mayor LaToya Cantrell.

“Residents are still very frustrated and we recognize that action is the only thing that will give our people comfort as we shift gears to address our trash collection challenges. This is a daunting task, but we now have the resources needed to succeed.” 

“We have continued to bring all available resources to bear to rid our neighborhoods of trash,” said Deputy Chief Administrative Officer for Infrastructure Ramsey Green.

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