Posted: Dec 16, 2011 9:00 AM by AP
GRETNA, La. (AP) - The Jefferson Parish Council has voted to hire IESI Corp. to resurrect a curbside recycling program that has been dormant since Hurricane Katrina in unincorporated areas and Jean Lafitte.
The decision came Thursday after extensive discussion about how to pay for the program's $1.05 million annual cost without passing it on to residents in a still-uncertain economy.
Despite Parish President John Young's assertions that there wasn't a steady source of money in the parish's future budget to pay for recycling, the council elected to cover the cost by halting several programs including plans to pave a storm debris yard in Metairie.
The Times-Picayune (http://bit.ly/vgGuHm ) IESI's proposal is expected to start in July.