posted Apr 20, 2017, 9:49 AM by Emily Chaisson


Arc of Greater New Orleans and Arc Mardi Gras Recycling has been mention in many articles about our bead recycling projects. Click on the links below to read about what we have been doing this past Mardi Gras Season. 

Spring Break in the Big Easy!

posted Apr 19, 2017, 6:11 AM by Emily Chaisson

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 left such an impact on New Orleans. The city has yet to completely heal and still needs help. ASU has been providing that help through Project Spring Break, which takes a select group of students to New Orleans to help the city as well as have a personal experience of what the city is like. One way they helped this year was by volunteering with the ARC of Greater New Orleans, which is a program dedicated to helping mentally handicapped adults by supplying them with jobs.
Click here to read the complete article.

ATTN: Bead Store Closed for Easter Holiday

posted Apr 10, 2017, 8:56 AM by Emily Chaisson

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 504.837.5105

Have a Save & Happy Holiday. 

Beads for Doughnuts March 20 & 21!

posted Mar 9, 2017, 8:53 AM by Emily Chaisson

Beads for Doughnuts!

posted Mar 8, 2017, 7:18 AM by Emily Chaisson

On March 20 & March 21  customers who bring in 
12 pounds or more of Mardi Gras beads to Krispy Kreme, on 825 Clearview Pkwy, Metairie between 7 am - 10 pm, will be given a dozen original glazed doughnuts or free or a coupon 
to  redeem at a later date. 
*Please note, beads will be weighed.

Uber teams up with Arc of Greater New Orleans to collect Mardi Gras Beads and throws on March 4, 2017.

posted Mar 2, 2017, 11:54 AM by Emily Chaisson   [ updated Mar 2, 2017, 12:14 PM ]

If this year is like last, hundreds of Uber riders will be using their smartphone requesting a pick-up for the Saturday. The twist, though, is that the request is not to schedule a ride, but the pick-up of Mardi Gras beads that will be donated to Arc of Greater New Orleans’ Mardi Gras Recycle Center. Donating them will be as easy as tapping an app on your cell phone. And the best part – it’s totally FREE! Uber, the company that connects riders to drivers for easy access around the city, is teaming up with Arc’s Mardi Gras Recycle Center to make donating convenient. The Recycle Center is one of five social enterprises Arc manages, which allows the non-profit to hire people with disabilities and pay minimum wage or higher. The Center depends on donations throughout the year to be successful, and Uber is helping kick to off the 2017 donation cycle by connecting donors via the company’s app and having Uber drivers pick up the donations.

On Saturday March 4, 2017, an Uber driver will come to your house, pick up bags of beads or throws and deliver them directly to a local Arc donation center for free.
Here's how it works. 
1. You will need to bag up the beads you want to donate. 
2. Open the app from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on March 4th
3. Slide over to the "recycle" view and hit request.
4. An SUV will pick up your items and drop-off your donation to a local Arc of Greater New Orleans donation center.

*Keep in mind, organizers said, that Uber drivers can't leave vehicles unattended so they ask that you bring your bagged beads out to meet your driver when they arrive

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

posted Mar 2, 2017, 7:12 AM by Emily Chaisson   [ updated Mar 2, 2017, 7:14 AM ]

Riding in the St. Patrick's Day parade? Need some festive throws? You must have that Irish Luck because the Arc of GNO has what you need. Come in today to get all your St. Patrick's Day throws and support a great cause at the same time. We are open Monday - Friday from 9 am till 4 pm.  Questions? Call us at 504.831.4107 & Check out our prices!

Got Beads? Throw 'Em To Charity!

posted Mar 2, 2017, 6:48 AM by Emily Chaisson   [ updated Mar 3, 2017, 10:42 AM ]

It's Carnival Time in the Big Easy! Everyone is having fun at the parades, watching the bands & the dance teams pass by, dancing to the music, and yelling "throw me something mister!" But what happens to all the beads and trinkets that we catch. Arc of Greater New Orleans has the solution. Got Beads? Throw 'Em to Charity!

We have numerous location throughout the city where you can drop off your unwanted Mardi Gras throws. We accept beads, trinkets, and stuffed animals. Just look for the purple and gold trash bins (or other labeled bins with the Arc logo). Below is a list of our current drop off location.


  • Audubon Zoo & Aquarium
  • LSU Dental School 
  • House of Blues 
  • New Orleans Public Library branches
  • Whole Foods on Broad
  • Whole Foods on Veterans
  • Search Influence
    935 Gravier, Ste. 1300
  • Gulf Coast Bank branches


  • Whole Foods on Magazine
  • Rouses on Airline
  • The Green Project: 
    2831 Marais St,
    New Orleans, LA 70117


  • 925 S. Labarre Rd., Metairie
  • 333 Sala Ave., Westwego
  • 1771 Nasville, New Orleans
  • 3406 Hessmer Ave., Metairie
  • 3700 Jean Laffitte Pkwy., Chalmette
  • 106 E. 25th Ave., Covington 

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