New Orleans to begin plastic patio chair recycling program

New Orleans, Louisiana — The city of New Orleans will begin accepting plastic patio seat recycling from Feb. 8, a move that the city’s public works department hopes will spur other cities to follow suit.

The program, which is expected to begin in June, aims to reduce plastic waste in New Orleans by recycling the chairs, stools and other items that litter the sidewalks.

The city’s recycling and trash management department will have the authority to issue permits and licenses to collect and recycle plastic chairs, chairs, picnic tables and other furniture.

The new recycling initiative comes as the state of Louisiana and New York have been battling over whether to allow plastic bags to be used as a waste management system.

Plastic bags have been linked to a variety of issues including cancer, heart disease, diabetes and respiratory problems.