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Curbside Garbage and Recycling Contract Signed with AmWaste of Louisiana

Curbside Garbage and Recycling Contract Signed with AmWaste of Louisiana

The Cities of Hammond and Ponchatoula received proposals for garbage and recycling pick up at the end of October. Then at a special meeting of the Ponchatoula City Council, it was approved to enter into contract for both garbage and recycling with AmWaste of Louisiana. Customers in Ponchatoula city limits will see a $1.50 increase on their utility bills, starting on their January bills due February 15. Residents will also start receiving new garbage carts and recycling carts delivered over the next two weeks.

Going out for proposals together with the City of Hammond helped in two ways; first, we were able to share resources for writing the proposal request and everything in between to the proposal opening. Second, and most importantly, by seeking proposals together with Hammond, we were able obtain the best pricing for a higher number of units to be served. For example, instead of proposers quoting 3000 units in Ponchatoula alone, we had them quote 9,300 units for both cities.

At a Special Meeting of the Ponchatoula City Council, on November 19, the council considered the proposals received.  The council decided on the option to have carts provided for and maintained by the contractor for both services. They then decided the most fiscally responsible choice; the lowest cost of all proposals for these services was AmWaste of Louisiana. All members present voted to pass a resolution authorizing the mayor to enter into an AmWaste contract, to begin January 1, 2020 until May 1, 2024. In 2024, the parish will be seeking proposals for curbside pick-up, and the cities of Hammond and Ponchatoula will join together with the parish to obtain the best possible pricing for our residents.

Residents inside the city of Ponchatoula will no longer have to provide their own trash cans or carry their recycling bins. 96 gallon carts will be provided for the garbage and 35 gallon carts will be provided for recycling. Garbage pickup will remain the same with twice a week pickups: West side of the tracks will be picked up on Monday and Thursday, the East side being picked up on Tuesday and Friday.  Recycling day pickup WILL CHANGE with once a week pickup, coinciding with the day AFTER your first garbage pickup day of the week for each side of the tracks; or West side of the tracks will be picked up on Tuesday and the East side being picked up on Wednesday.

Customers will see the increase of $1.50 per month starting on their January bill, which will be due February 15. This will bring the total cost for garbage and recycling to $17.50 per month per unit location.  With a three month cost to each unit of $52.50, this is a huge saving compared with what residents would have to pay if they were responsible for contract their own services.  Many local residents outside of city limits pay between $75-$85 every three months for once a week pickup and no recycling. So this is definitely another win for our residents!

Acceptable Recycling Items: –

Please place these items loose in the container:

  • Aluminum cans:  Cans shall be rinsed to avoid health and nuisance problems
  • Paper:  Clean, unsoiled newsprint‐type paper, magazines, catalogs, gift wrap, paper bags, junk mail, white or colored paper, envelopes. No bound books, paper bound/wrapped in plastic, rubber bands, or photos.
  • Plastics:  PET, HDPE and PVC containers should be rinsed and caps removed.
  • Tin Cans:  Steel food containers should be rinsed prior to placement in the recycling bin.

** No glass accepted**

No Smoking


The City of Ponchatoula has joined the almost 700 cities nationwide in going smoke-free. The City’s new smoke-free ordinance goes into effect on May 12, 2019. In addition to smoking restrictions that already exist under state law, there will be new restrictions on smoking and vaping (use of electronic smoking devices) in many locations across the city.

The City of Ponchatoula will host a smoking ban town hall educational meeting in the City Council Chambers May 1, 2019, at 5:30 PM. We encourage anyone wishing to learn more about the new law to attend.

This ordinance protects the public’s health by reducing exposure to secondhand smoke and encouraging smokers to quit. Nonsmokers who are exposed to secondhand smoke at work are more likely to develop heart disease or lung cancer, and approximately 1,000 children and adults in Louisiana die each year from secondhand smoke exposure. Tobacco use-the leading preventable cause of death in the United States-causes cancer, heart disease, stroke, lung diseases (such as emphysema) and diabetes. More than 20 million people in the United States have died from smoking-related diseases since 1964, including 2.5 million nonsmokers as a result of exposure to secondhand smoke.

Public Smoking Ban Ordinance

Smoke-Free Ordinance Toolkit

  • Private homes, unless a group home, child care, adult day care, or health care facility is operated therein or unless it is a common area of a multi-unit dwelling
  • Private vehicles when a child under 13 is NOT present
  • Outdoor seating and serving areas, balconies, courtyards of bars, restaurants
  • Tobacco businesses and electronic smoking device businesses (vape shops)
  • Cigar bars and Hookah bars, as defined in the ordinance
  • Bars
  • Restaurants
  • Workplaces
  • Hotels and motels
  • Schools (preschool to post-secondary) State law
  • Common areas of multi-unit housing, including apartment complexes and condos Buildings and vehicles owned, leased, occupied, or operated by the City or State
  • Vehicles with children under the age of 13 present as per State Law R.S.32:295
  • Most other public places (enclosed by two or more walls/barriers)
    • Examples: hospitals, nursing homes, public buses, retail stores, and retail service businesses
  • State Law – With twenty-five (25) feet of public entrances and wheelchair ramps of office buildings owned by the State, City or any of its agencies and within 200 feet of entrances, exits, and outdoor areas of elementary and secondary schools
  • City playgrounds and parks, except in designated areas
  • Any service line in a public place during times in which the public is invited and permitted, within five (5) feet of service window if in vehicle
  • Workplaces, such as construction sites
  • Every person who violates the ordinance shall be liable for a fine of up to $50.00 for each violation.
  • A business that violates the ordinance for a first violation shall be liable for a fine of not more than $100.00; or a second violation committed within a period of twelve (12) months the business will be liable for a fine of not more than $200.00; for a third violation, all of which occurred within 12 months, shall be liable for a fine up to $500.00. Any business that violates the ordinance five or more times within a 12-month period shall be subject to a revocation of the occupancy permit for the location in which the violation occurs.
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