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  • 8 Dec 2022 11:48 AM | Deborah Oppenheim (Administrator)

       Recycling your holiday tree help the Louisiana's coastline. For information go to @nolareadyandresilient-nola

  • 24 Oct 2022 6:33 PM | Deborah Oppenheim (Administrator)

      Saturday, November 12, 2022 8:30- 12pm

    Department of Parks and Parkways

    1 Green Parade Lane NOLA 70122

    The Big TREEsy giveaways are for Orleans Parish residents only, one free tree per household and Orleans Parish photo ID is required. There are a lot of trees available and for more information go to  

  • 24 Oct 2022 6:29 PM | Deborah Oppenheim (Administrator)
    •      There are a total of 352 district species of trees in New Orleans.
    •      The five most common species found in NOLA are crape myrtle, southern live oak, bald cypress, hybrid holly and slash pine.
    •      Trees provide approximately $6,579,933 in annual environmental benefits to NOLA.
    •      Trees contribute to energy conservation by providing shade that reduces cooling costs in the summer and diverting wind to reduce healing costs in the winter. The inventoried public tree population accounts for a savings of $ 1,312,038 in energy consumption each year.

    Resource: Information from “City of New Orleans Department of Parks & Parkways: Tree Inventory Summary. Report-complete Inventory August 20, 2019. “Visit learn more.

  • 14 Sep 2022 5:20 PM | Deborah Oppenheim (Administrator)

    Native Plant Initiative of Greater New Orleans


    SEP20    6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

    NOCP Zoom Presentation By Jennifer Prout: The design and planting of the Prairie Garden on the Big Lake native Plant Trail 

    OCT 1    9:00 am - 12:00 pm

    Native Plant Giveaway! University of New Orleans

    OCT 8

    October 8 @ 8:00 am - October 9 @ 5:00 pm

    Fall Garden Festival at City Park

    OCT 15    9:00 am - 12:00 pm

    Native Plant Giveaway – River Ridge

    OCT 29   9:00 am - 12:00 pm

    UNO Urban Bird Trail – Woodlot Maintenance

  • 14 Sep 2022 5:17 PM | Deborah Oppenheim (Administrator)

    Marigny Green News

    Fall is a great time to plant some native plants. Fall is the perfect opportunity to plant more native plants. This is because the soil and temperatures of Fall bring good conditions for root establishment plus it is greater weed suppression. Planting in the fall also gives you a jump on the Spring garden.

    Tips and Resources:

    • 1.      Best time to plant is September through the end of October unless the temperatures are too hot. Getting the plugs/seeds too late will not allow them to root.
    • 2.      If you are planting in the ground, choose an area that you want to grow the native plants. Select plants that are appropriate for the space, the proper light, soil, moisture and height.
    • 3.      Once your site is chosen, you must prepare the space. Most native plants prefer well-drained soil. For best results check with native Plant Initiative of Greater New Orleans
    • 4.      Local Native Plant Sources
    • Chickadee Natives - Delivery Only
      Harold's Plants, 1135 Press Street, NOLA
      Jefferson Feed, 4421 Jefferson Hwy, Old Jefferson
      Pelican Greenhouse , New Orleans City Park, NOLA
      NOLA Bug Lady, 2009 Jefferson Hwy, Harahan
      Rose Garden Center, Marrero
    • Mail Order:
    • Native Seed Sources:
    Coastal Prairie Farms, ULL Ecology Center
    Ernst Seeds
    Florida Wildflower Cooperative
    Louisiana Native Seed
    Mossy Oak Native Nurseries
    Native American Seed
    Prairie Moon Nursery
    Roundstone Native Seed
    Select Seeds
    Swallowtail Garden Seeds
    • Reference:  Native Plant Initiative of Greater New Orleans 2022

  • 17 Jun 2022 11:40 AM | Deborah Oppenheim (Administrator)

    Marigny Green News 

    June is Upcycle/Recycle month, a made-up phrase according to Carol of Creative Domestication on her FaceBook page. Her philosophy is to reuse as much as we can rather than fill up the landfills. Below are several items that can be repurposed.

    • 1.     Yogurt/applesauce cups with lids: Great for mixing paints, started seed containers or snack cups.
    • 2.     Chop Sticks: When I order Asian food, the restaurant always gives a handful of chopsticks and useful for paint stirrers, stakes for plants and cake testers.
    • 3.     T-shirts: Cut old or stained T-shirt into strips to tie up plants, clean windows and dusters.
    • 4.     Shower curtains: Clean the dirty shower curtain with vinegar to get rid of the soap residue before repurposing. Useful for putting weeds or leaves on, protection for the table when painting or doing crafts and under a tub for cleaning an animal.

    Eventually these items will get recycled but they can have a second life and get some effective use out of them. It is a win/win situation.

  • 26 May 2022 10:47 AM | Deborah Oppenheim (Administrator)

    Marigny Green News

    Answers to the Recycling Quiz

    #1. How many tons of cardboard and paper are thrown away each year in the United States?

    A. 650 Million tons.

    B. 250 Million tons.

    C. 850 Million tons. 

    D. 50 Million tons.

    #2. What percentage of products shipped in the U.S. are shipped in corrugated boxes?

    A. 90% 

    B. 25%

    C. 75%

    D. 62%

    #3. Can you recycle aluminum cans?

    A. Yes 

    B. No

    #4. Are Wine Bottles Recyclable?

    A. Yes 

    B. No

    #5. You’ve been clothes shopping. Can you recycle those shopping bags?

    A. Yes 

    B. No

    #6. Should soft plastic bags such as bread bags, wrapping and other scrunchable plastics go in the yellow bin?

    A. Yes

    B. No 

    #7. What Goes Into The Green Bin? 

    A. Food and Garden Waste 

    B. Steel Waste

    C. Metal Waste

    D. Plastic Waste

    #8. Which of the Following Can Be Recycled?

    A. Plastic Bottles and Paper Bag 

    B. Food

    C. Video Tapes

    D. Ceramics

    #9. Which of the following is sometimes recycled into fibers for carpets or clothing?

    A. Plastic Bottles 

    B. Computers

    C. Aluminum Cans

    D. All the above

    #10. Gold is sometimes recovered from recycling which of the following materials?

    A. Paper

    B. Aluminum Cans

    C. Computers 

    D. All the above

    #11. What is a benefit of recycling?

    A. Fewer Resources are Taken from Earth

    B. Less Pollution

    C. There’s Less Trash Filling Up Landfills

    D. All the above 

    #12. According to the EPA, the average person generates this amount of waste per day.

    A. 1.2 Pounds

    B. 4.40 Pounds 

    C. 3.8 Pounds

    D. 10 Pounds

    #13. In 2017, Which Country Banned Imports of “Foreign Garbage”?

    A. Germany

    B. China 

    C. Australia

    D. Japan

    #14. What Does MRF Stand for in Relation to Recycling?

    A. Motorcycle Riders Foundation

    B. Materials Research Foundation 

    C. Materials Recovery Facility

    D. None of the above

    #15. How Many Trees are Saved from Recycling 1 Ton of Paper?

    A. Between 1-2 Trees

    B. Between 15-17 Trees 

    C. Between 7-8 Trees

    D. Between 10-12 Trees

    Reference: March 11,2022 by Kieron

  • 20 Apr 2022 6:41 PM | Deborah Oppenheim (Administrator)

    Marigny Green News

    French Quarter Fest “Geauxing Green”

    French Quarter Festival returns tomorrow. It is known for the all the food and beverage choices besides an incredible line-up of music. This year the four-day festival has focused on a new program called “Geauxing Green” to reduce the amount of waste that ends up in the waterways. Geauxing Green is through a partnership with the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program.

    The festival vendors are using reusable, recyclable and compostable food and drink container and utensils. According to Kenneth Spears, the food and beverage director the good of the French Quarter Festivals Inc. is to reduce their waste footprint by 80%. The vendors will use dishes that are made of fiber or compostable paper. Utensils are made from sugar cane and bamboo. All the cups are made with recyclable plastic. The beverage booths will not offer straws. There are two exceptions, New Orleans Original Daiquiris and Pat O’Brien’s booths will have recyclable straws. According to Spears the event will have various sorting stations around the grounds for each “stream” of recycling and compositing. There will be a crew of volunteers, called the Green Team will be available to assist the festivalgoers. It is up to the public to dispose their dishes and beverages in the correct containers. Glass Half Full, New Orleans local glass recycling program is a partner to recycle wine and liquor bottles for the French Quarter Festival.

    Enjoy the French Quarter Festival and recycle, reuse and compost!

  • 11 Mar 2022 11:42 AM | Deborah Oppenheim (Administrator)

    Marigny Green News

    Remember the song, “They All Ask For You” by the Meters?  The ARC of Greater New Orleans is asking you to recycle your Mardi Gras Beads. They are many drop-off places in the New Orleans metro area (see below).

    “ArcGNO is a grass roots non-profit organization founded in 1953 and dedicated to promoting the independence and well-being of individuals with intellectual disabilities. We currently assist nearly 600 individuals in the five-parish metro New Orleans region. Our support services include in-home assistance, job coaching and placement, daytime community integration, and coordination of infant care and therapies. Central to our mission are social enterprises that provide work and real incomes to individuals who might otherwise be unemployed. The Mardi Gras Recycle Center is one of these enterprises. It funds over 80 market-wage year-round jobs while at the same time making Carnival a little eco-friendlier.” more about ArcGNO at


    Jefferson Parish Sanitation (Westbank)

    6440 Lapalco Blvd, Marrero

    Jefferson Parish Sanitation Department
    400 David Dr., Metairie

    New Orleans Sanitation Department
    2828 Elysian Fields



    ArcGNO Metairie Community Center
    925 Labarre Rd, Metairie
    ArcGNO Uptown Community Center
    1771 Nashville Ave, New Orleans

    ArcGNO Chalmette Community Center
    3700 Jean Lafitte Pkwy., Chalmette

    ArcGNO Northshore Community Center
    106 E 25th Ave, Covington

    For more information to donate and/or volunteer please contact

  • 15 Feb 2022 4:58 PM | Deborah Oppenheim (Administrator)

    Marigny Green News

    Where Do All the Mardi Gras Plastic Beads Go?

    Mardi Gras lasts two weeks and thousands of tourists and locals attend the growing number of parades.  Each Krewe has their own “throws” and more and more are being lobbed to the enthusiastic viewers.

    It appears during Mardi Gras that spectators are more interested in screaming, “Throw me something” and struggling to catch the strands of plastic beads and other trinkets than looking at the incredible crafted floats.  The best beads are being worn merrily by the festival goers and many more beads are daggling from the trees, wrapped on electric lines and hanging on streetlights. 

    Every year over 20 million pounds of plastic beads are being shipped to the U.S. primarily from China and the largest percent of them goes to Louisiana.  With the overwhelming amount of trash generated from these parades, there is no citywide recycling program. However, many citizens and organizations are committed to not having all the plastic go to the landfill. 

    What to Do With Your Unwanted Beads?

    Arc of Greater New Orleans (ArcGNO) is a non-profit organization for people with intellectual disabilities. These individuals have jobs in a sheltered workshop to select, sort and re-pack Mardi Gras beads.  For over 30years, ArcGNO sells the beads and trinkets to Mardi Gras Krewes and individuals. The profits from the sales goes back into the non-profit.  ArcGNO runs several other businesses and employs over 80 adults. ArcGNO has a main warehouse in Metairie and is filled with employees and volunteers listening to music and helping sort through the pounds of beads.

     ArcGNO has partnered with organizations and businesses to have drop off boxes to collect the unwanted beads and other Mardi Gras throws. The drop boxes are semi-permanent so call ArcGNO (504.324.1919 ) after this season to see the updated list of drop-of spots. Some local businesses have annual drives and gives incentives to their customers for donating their beads. Even schools in New Orleans are competing to donate the most beads with a monetary reward from ArcGNO. I was pleased to learn that there is a Fair-Trade section at ArcGNO selling items such as cloth Frisbees, fabric boas from Guatemala and paper beads from Uganda. The cost is more but the quality is better and not plastic.

    The use of plastic beads has become an on-going conversation for many members of various Mardi Gras Krewes. Some Krewes have a designated float to throw back ‘your beads’ and other Krewes are using helpful throws such as flashlights, bottle openers and glass beads.

     ArcGNO is just one organization in New Orleans that recycles beads/trinkets. There is a need for so many more recycling programs.  As citizens, we need to encourage and challenge our city leaders to invest in citywide recycling of Mardi Gras beads/ throws to reduce the number of plastics that goes to the landfill.

    ArcGNO summarized it perfectly to the Mardi Gras riders, “throw smarter and less and for everyone to recycle their beads and trinkets.” 

    Happy Mardi Gras

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