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10:15 AM

Recycle Your Mardi Gras Beads at Audubon

Now that the Mardi Gras parades have ended for the year, Audubon Nature Institute has a way for parade-goers to responsibly recycle all those beads they caught during Carnival season. Mardi Gras bead collection boxes are located at the front gate at Audubon Zoo and at the Audubon Louisiana Nature Center for the public to drop off beads for recycling by the Arc of Greater New Orleans. Those beads will be used in future parades to continue the fun of carnival for another year.

About 25 million pounds of beads are thrown at Mardi Gras yearly, but only a very small portion of those are recycled. Audubon Nature Institute is committed to keeping Mardi Gras beads out of landfills and away from nature by making it easier for parade goers to give their beads a second life. 

Drop off collection boxes are at Audubon Zoo and Audubon Louisiana Nature Center until March 6th. 

No admission is needed to drop off your unwanted beads.