The New Orleans City Council has approved money to pay two new contractors to pickup residential garbage in the city. The decision comes after council members were previously split on spending the money because it will result in the city paying double for sanitation service in some parts of the city. Last month, one of the city’s big sanitation contractors declared bankruptcy.

Some council member approved a new ordinance that redirects $2.5 million dollars from unused NOPD money to pay the new contractors. The funding comes at the council is also considering the 2023 budget for the Sanitation Department which also pays for street sweeping, clearing illegal dumping sites and other services. Most of the department’s money comes from the sanitation fees that homeowners in the city pay.

But not all of the budget is covered by the sanitation fee, so the department is asking the council for an additional $8 million for its 2023 budget.

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Author: Ka’Cell El-Mansura, WGNO ABC