Arc's Recycling Center offers beads at a great price, provides green jobs for those with disabilities & saves the planet!

    While New Orleans and surrounding areas celebrate the Carnival Season each year, Arc of Greater New Orleans is in Mardi Gras mode year round. Arc’s Mardi Gras Recycle Center receives donations of beads and throws from parade goers that are then sorted, packaged and sold to float riders in 30-pound crawfish sacks. It’s a great way to save money and save the environment at the same time. 
    Not only does the recycle center sell beads at a great price, but more importantly, it employs people with disabilities. Our year-round center is one of five social enterprises managed by Arc of Greater New Orleans, a 60+ year-old non-profit that serves people with intellectual disabilities and delays from birth through adulthood in Orleans, Jefferson, St. Bernard, and St. Tammany parishes.

Recent Announcements

  • EXTRA, EXTRA, READ ALL ABOUT IT! EXTRA, EXTRA, READ ALL ABOUT IT!Arc of Greater New Orleans and Arc Mardi Gras Recycling has been mention in many articles about our bead recycling projects. Click on the ...
    Posted Apr 20, 2017, 9:49 AM by Emily Chaisson
  • Spring Break in the Big Easy! Spring breakers repair Hurricane Katrina aftermath. Volunteers help out the Big Easy – The Rampage On March 23, 2017 Though it has been nearly 12 years since it hit, Hurricane Katrina ...
    Posted Apr 19, 2017, 6:11 AM by Emily Chaisson
  • ATTN: Bead Store Closed for Easter Holiday Arc Mardi Gras Recycling Center will be closed on Friday, April 14, 2017. We will reopen with normal business hours on Monday, April 17, 2017.  Questions? Please call us at ...
    Posted Apr 10, 2017, 8:56 AM by Emily Chaisson
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The Recycle Center also has Free Trade items for sale. Available are:
  • Beads created out of hand-rolled paper from magazines - made in Uganda 
  • Boas produced out of recycled fabric and a Frisbee-type toy, known as Pocket Disc, created out of hand-knotted cloth - both are made in Guatemala
  • Native Louisiana seed packets
  • Vintage glass beads from Czechoslovakia


When it comes to the riders in super krewes, like Endymion and Orpheus, on average, one rider will throw 2500 pounds of Mardi Gras beads?



Make a difference in your community by volunteering at Arc of Greater New Orleans. Arc's Recycled Beads has many opportunities to suit your interests. All volunteers must be at least 16 years or older.