If you're looking to unload those 40 pounds of plastic headed for the back of your closet, consider making a trip to one of several branches of the New Orleans Public Library, which is partnering with the Arc of Greater New Orleans to recycle Mardi Gras beads and other parade throws.
Arc of Greater New Orleans helps create wage-earning jobs for people with intellectual disabilities to sort and repackage throws for future Carnivals. It recently opened its recycling center at 925 S. Labarre Road in Metairie, and the group also partnered with the Young Leadership Council to collect throws after the Freret and Thoth parades.
You can bring your beads and throws to the following New Orleans library locations:
Algiers Regional Library (3014 Holiday Drive)
Alvar Library (913 Alvar St.)
Children's Resource Center (913 Napoleon Ave.)
East New Orleans Regional Library (5641 Read Blvd.)
Hubbell Library (725 Pelican Ave.)
Rosa F. Keller Library (4300 S. Broad Ave.)
Milton H. Latter Memorial Library (5120 St Charles Ave.)
Main Library (219 Loyola Ave.)
Norman Mayer Library (3001 Gentilly Blvd.)
Mid-City Library (4140 Canal St.)
Robert E. Smith (6310 Canal Blvd.)