New Orleans French Quarter Gets 'Industrial Strength' Cleanup After Mardi Gras

Carnival Trash in Historic Tourist Area Removed by 10 a.m.

Mar 09, 2011, 14:14 ET from SDT Waste and Debris, LLC

NEW ORLEANS, March 9, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Crews from SDT Waste and Debris, LLC (, the waste contractor responsible for cleaning the historic New Orleans French Quarter during Mardi Gras, finished the job by 10 a.m. despite heavy rains and high winds.

SDT President Sidney D. Torres IV says the weather slowed crews a bit but it was not enough to prevent them from having the entire area cleaned and smelling fresh before lunch.

"We developed a system that relies on heavy equipment like an Earthmover and bobcats that push all the beads, trash and debris into a big pile that's hauled away.  Then we use custom-built pressure washers and our proprietary lemon-scented disinfectant and manual sweepers to finish the job," Torres explained.    

Torres' "trash force" is comprised of 100 employees assigned to two shifts every day to clean up after the parades in New Orleans. Bad weather forced the rescheduling of the Endymion parade, a major super krewe, from Saturday evening to Sunday evening, to follow Bacchus, another major parade.  The crowds were enormous and filled Bourbon Street and the French Quarter.  

Torres says the size of this year's crowds rival that of last year's combination Mardi Gras/Super Bowl Victory weekends.  "This year, because Bacchus and Endymion rolled on the same night, the amount of trash on Sunday night alone was comparable to what we picked up this morning after Mardi Gras day," he said. 

About SDT Waste and Debris, LLC

Established post-Katrina, SDT Waste and Debris Services, LLC serves 25 parishes in Louisiana.  SDT is a major force in the waste removal services, providing curbside pickup and debris removal services for municipal, commercial and residential customers throughout  Louisiana.  For company information call (866)45-WASTE or visit .  

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