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City of New Orleans to Host Free Paper Shredding During Recycling Drop-Off Event on March 27

NEW ORLEANS — The City of New Orleans’ Department of Sanitation will host a paper shredding event Saturday, March 27 from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the City’s Recycling Drop-Off Center, 2829 Elysian Fields Avenue, in addition to its regular, biweekly recycling drop off.  These services are offered at no charge to Orleans Parish residents.


The City has partnered with Iron Mountain so that Orleans Parish residents can bring up to 50 pounds of personal or sensitive documents to be shredded safely and securely in Iron Mountain’s on-site mobile unit.

  • Iron Mountain accepts mixed office paper, light cardboard and similar materials.
  • Iron Mountain does not accept plastic, compact discs, DVDs or other metal (excluding paper clips and staples).


On the second and fourth Saturdays of each month, Orleans Parish residents can drop off the following recyclables at the City’s Recycling Drop-Off Center:

  • Paper: newspapers, junk mail, phone books, catalogs, office paper
  • Corrugated Cardboard
  • Boxboard: cereal boxes and soft drink boxes
  • Plastics #1 (soda/water bottles) and #2 (milk/juice/shampoo/detergent contianers)
  • Small metals: aluminum and steel
  • Mardi Gras beads
  • Batteries: AA,AAA, AAAA, C,D, 6 volt, 9 volt, Lithium
  • Light bulbs: incandescent and fluorescent
  • Electronic: iPads, tablets, computers, laptops, phones, keyboards, speakers, cables, x-boxes, PlayStations, Wii, MP3/DVD/CD Players, UPS, Circuit boards, portable navigation/GPS devices, inkjet/toner cartridges, digital cameras/video recorders (DVRs), fax machines, small printers, monitors, processors, networking equipment, stereos, security systems
  • Televisions: limit 4
  •  Tires: limit 5
  • Glass: limit 50 pounds (please remove corks and caps)
  • Composting*: fruit and vegetable scraps (peels, skins, pits or seeds), tea bags, coffee ground (including paper filters), eggshells, nutshells, seed shells, plain bread, grains and plain pasta (no toppings).

*Please note: toppings, meat, dairy, bones and foods with oil are not accepted. 

Since the City initiated a Recycling Drop-Off Center in August 2010 and a curbside recycling program in May 20211, more than 2,562 and 63,220 tons have been recycled respectively. Properties that are eligible to receive sold waste collection by the City are also eligible to register to receive free curbside recycling services.

For more information, please call 311 or visit


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