The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation has for many years supported our community by providing employment for low-income people who are in need of opportunities to earn additional money. For example, at all of our cultural events we hire a crew of people who do an amazing job of keeping our festival sites clean.
But despite numerous attempts, we have not had as much success in building a recycling program to protect the environment by properly disposinig of recyclable materials.
That is about to change.
The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation has created a new program called Second-Life Recycling. It will accomplish two goals - providing jobs for low-income youth, and promoting environmental awareness. In the process, we'll make our events "greener" by disposing of recyclable waste properly.
Second-Life Recycling will provide jobs for low-income youth (ages 16 to 25) by hiring them (at a scale much higher than the minimum wage) to collect recyclable materials - paper, plastic, aluminum and glass - at our events. Our partner in the program is the Youth Empowerment Project, which is assisting by recruiting the recycling crew from among their education and job-training clients.
The crew will be outfitted in Second-Life Recycling t-shirts, with a logo designed by New Orleans artist Lionel Milton. The crew will be put under the direction of Robert Francis, a Treme resident who for many years has organized our outstanding clean-up teams.
Another partner, Phoenix Recycling of New Orleans, is generously donating recycling trash bags and will pick up the recyclable materials at no cost to the Foundation.
The Second-Life Recycling crew will make its debut at the 2013 Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival.