Company to offer curbside recycling in Kenner

Kenner residents’ hopes of returning to the pre-Hurricane Katrina days of curbside recycling are expected to get a boost soon.

Destrehan-based Global Recycling plans to offer curbside pickup in Kenner starting May 16 for $2.50 a week per household, said Chancey Becnel, who started the company 18 months ago with his brother Shane.

The company, which has customers now in Jefferson and St. Charles parishes, picks up recyclable materials and delivers them to the Recycling Foundation in Bridge City.

While the company gets no money from Southern Recycling for the materials it delivers, the brothers saw a demand among cities and parishes where curbside recycling service is not provided. Kenner offers it a compact geographical area with a lot of potential customers.

City Councilwoman Michele Branigan said the Becnels approached the city and asked if they needed any permits to begin offering their service. After consulting with code enforcement officials, the city said it appeared no permits were needed, providing the recycling operation does not involve disposal within the city limits.

Branigan said private delivery services and shredding operations also don’t operate under any restrictions.

She said the city told the Becnels it would look to see what other nearby municipalities have done related to private recycling operators and likely follow their lead, which was enough for Global Recycling to go ahead.

Kenner’s recycling facility was destroyed during Katrina, and the service was discontinued. The city began a modest recycling program a couple of years ago, but it has run into problems.

Around the beginning of 2013, the city created a major drop-off site for recyclables at Kenner City Park, though it became such a magnet for trash that the city announced plans to move it behind the Pontchartrain Center. Other sites include North Kenner Park, Veterans Park and Jefferson Parish’s drop-off site on David Drive.

At a City Council meeting several weeks ago, it was noted that so much unrecyclable trash had piled up around one drop-off container that someone called the city to complain. Deputy Chief Administrative Officer Natalie Newton was lauded for going out on a weekend with her family to clean it up.

Branigan said Global Recycling claims that full participation in recycling can reduce a city’s landfill waste by as much as 60 percent. She said such a reduction could result in lower garbage collection fees that would offset the cost to customers of the voluntary recycling program.

Becnel said the company hopes to have its own recycling facility somewhere in the next year or so, though it has not decided where.

Editor’s note: This story was changed on April 8 to correct the name and location of the Recycling Foundation.