The City of New Orleans Department of Sanitation and Department of Public Works last week partnered to clear illegal dumping from the public right-of-way and ditches on the 8000 and 9000 blocks of Old Gentilly Road.

Centered around Earth Day, crews worked from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., and as a result of this collaborative effort, over 2,700 waste tires and 57 dump truck loads of debris were removed from the area.

"You have heard me say time and time again it is time to clean up the City of New Orleans, and it is time to put an end to the littering and illegal dumping across this city. I want to thank our Sanitation and Public Works crews; the work we’ve been doing for three years is helping improve our infrastructure and keeping our city clean – now and for the long haul. We all must work together to clean up our city. This is our home, and it is everyone’s responsibility to Clean Up NOLA," said Mayor Cantrell.

“Illegal dumping poses a big problem in our city, and we know just how much this impacts quality of life,” said Deputy Chief Administrative Officer Ramsey Green. “As a community, we must continue to work together to solve this problem so that our resources can be directed to other priorities. This was a great effort, and I am grateful to the men and women who supported this cleanup.”

In 2020, the Department of Sanitation cleared over 2,300 dumping sites, removed over 38,000 waste tires from the right-of-way and collaborated with NOPD to issue nine summons and five warrants for illegal dumping perpetrators.

"Illegal dumping continues to be a prolific public health hazard throughout our neighborhoods. We encourage residents to report active dumping to 911 and contact 311 to have dumping removed in your neighborhoods," said Department of Sanitation Director Matt Torri.