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After Mardi Gras: Where Do The Beads Go?

New Orleans

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Throw Me Something, Mister!

What happens to all those beads in New Orleans after Mardi Gras? Some people save them, some throw them away.

What a shame, all that plastic! The beads have metallic paint and can't be melted down to be made into something else.

But they can be reused for more parades!

One organization in New Orleans has found a niche: Arc, which advocates for people with developmental disabilities, recycled 120,000 pounds of Mardi Gras beads in 2012.

They have a float of their own to gather them up and then resell them for $1 per lb.

What a terrific idea!

--Bibi Farber

For more information about where to drop off the beads any time of year, see The details are on the lower left hand side of the home page.