CITY AND ARC OF GREATER NEW ORLEANS TO RECYCLE MARDI GRAS BEADS
NEW ORLEANS, LA-Today, the City of New Orleans announced that it will
accept Mardi Gras beads at its monthly recycling and e-waste drop-off
event on Saturday, March 10, 2012 from 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at 2829
Elysian Fields Avenue. This effort is in partnership with Arc of Greater
New Orleans and its Recycle Mardi Gras Beads campaign.
"We are happy to partner with Arc in this very innovative and needed
service in our community," said Deputy Mayor of Operations Michelle
Thomas. "This recycling effort creates jobs, saves landfill space,
reduces our landfill disposal costs and keeps our city cleaner."
"Arc of Greater New Orleans Mardi Gras Beads Recycling employs adults
with intellectual disabilities," said Margie Perez of Arc. "In 2011, Arc
recycled over 100,000 pounds of beads and is on track to recycle even
more this year. People are encouraged to donate their beads, keeping
them out of their attics and landfills."
Arc of GNO has focused on making Mardi Gras more environmentally
friendly for decades while creating employment opportunities for people
with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Through this effort
Arc of GNO collects previously thrown Mardi Gras beads, stuffed animals,
trinkets, boas and specialty beads from residents, schools,
universities, libraries, grocers, and other local businesses for reuse.
Beads are separated into 33 and 48 inches, medallions, St. Patrick's Day
colors, etc. and are sold, banded and un-banded, in 30-pound crawfish
sacks. Recycled and sorted beads are then sold to parade krewe members
as throws for the next special event. Employees with disabilities are
paid at the federal minimum wage to sort and bag the beads for sale.
At the City's ongoing recycling and e-waste drop-off on the second
Saturday of each month, residents are encouraged to bring newspapers,
office paper, junk mail, shredded paper, magazines, telephone books,
plastics #1, 2, and 3 (water, soda, milk, juice, plastic pots from
nurseries, detergent containers, etc.), plastic bags, waxed cartons
(juice, milk), small metal cans, cardboard, and up to four tires.
E-waste, including computer hardware or accessories, telephones,
telephone systems, DVRs, security systems, circuit boards, cell
phones/bag phones, DVD movies & video games, MP3 players, Xboxes,
playstations, Wiis, portable navigation and GPS devices, printers,
toner/ink jet cartridges, fax machines, UPS, digital cameras and picture
frames, stereos, beepers/pagers, networking equipment, and cables are
For more information about the City's recycling program, please visithttp://recycle.nola.gov
or call the Department of Sanitation at (504)
658-3800. For more information about Arc of GNO, visit www.arcgno.org