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The definition of a greenway, according to Merriam-Webster Dictionary, is a strip of undeveloped land near an urban area, set aside for recreational use or environmental protection. When you hear the word greenway you already imagine a green path or space. How can you make a green space even greener you may ask? Well,  the Lafitte Greenway did it this month. On January 12th, 2016, Friends of Lafitte Greenway and the City of New Orleans installed New Orleans’ first-of-its-kind solar-powered public recycling units on the Greenway at Jefferson Davis Parkway and Broad Street. This is the first outdoor recycling in City of New Orleans’ public spaces.


It is crazy to think that this is these are the first outdoor recycling units in a city of 343,829 people (according to the U.S. Census Bureau) and that is nearly 300 years old. The combined effort of recycling units and volunteer Green-Ups will hopefully help to eliminate some of the waste and litter in the City.

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Green-Up Event with Cafe Reconcile

This project was made possible thanks to the charitable support of Keep Louisiana Beautiful, MotherShip Foundation, and Parkway Bakery & Tavern, and the partnership of the City of New Orleans Department of Sanitation. Special thanks to Line 58 for the great panel design.

We are bringing sustainability to life on the Lafitte Greenway through this first of its kind project in the City. In addition to conserving resources and energy through recycling, the units compress over 150-gallons of recycling material in the 33-gallon bin using solar power, reducing the number of collections needed per week and further shrinking the carbon footprint. We’re proud to go the green way.



This entry was posted on May 12, 2016 by in VISTA Field Reports.


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