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Mardi Gras is over and what to do with unwanted beads and throws

26 Feb 2023 5:30 PM | Deborah Oppenheim (Administrator)

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What to do with Mardi Gras Beads and Throws

Mardi Gras is over and you want to discard your beads and throws and instead of putting them in the closet and forgetting them, why not recycling!

Stuffed Animals

All those stuffed animals you just caught in the past 2 weeks are now piled in your corner. The ones with krewe names and dates are very hard to re-sell. Consider dropping them off at a local pet shelter. A homeless pup would love a little something to snuggle with.

Another suggestion: find a local women’s and children’s shelter that can use them.

ArcGNO will always take them off your hands too.

Mardi Gras Cups

Caught more cups than you need? Well, don’t throw them into your recycling bin. They won’t be recycled – they will only be sorted and then sent to a landfill. Here’s our suggestions: donate them to ArcGNO or find a local art studio that needs them! Lots of artists use the cups for their paint brushes. 

Mardi Gras Beads

If you’re real crafty, you can upcycle the beads into future costumes and wreaths. If crafting isn’t your game, then you need to donate them to ArcGNO. ArcGNO takes your unwanted Mardi Gras throws and turns them into jobs. They employ people with intellectual disabilities to sort through, repackage, and resell your discarded throws. With locations ALL over the metro area, there is no reason you can’t drop them off.

Here is a list of all their drop off sites: (Check to see if these sites are still available)


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Be a good New Orleanian and don’t throw them in the trash! 


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