In 2023, 1,162 tons of Mardi Gras trash were transported to the landfill in just 11 days.  In other words, that's 2.5 millions pounds of waste.


The City of New Orleans in partnership with New Orleans & CompanyGrounds Krewe, and several local organizations launched a pilot program in 2023 to make Mardi Gras more sustainable.  With the help of the Recycle Dat Coalition partners, the City recycled 1,475 pounds of aluminum, 1,500 pounds of glass, and 11,535 pounds of Mardi Gras beads and throws during the 2023 Carnival Season.  Help us by doing your part to make Mardi Gras more sustainable. 

Recycle along the route.

Recycling hubs will be open along the Uptown parade route between Chestnut St & Napoleon Ave and Harmony Circle & St. Charles Ave during the DAY PARADES ONLY.  Residents can help do their part to ease the pressure off our waste stream system by taking advantage of the following recycling options:

  • 6 stationary “Recycling Hubs” for cans, beads, & glass collection between Napoleon Ave & Prytania St. and Harmony Circle & St. Charles Ave on Saturday, February 3rd; Sunday, February 4th;  Saturday, February 10th; and Sunday, February 11th:
    • Napoleon & Chestnut, open 10 AM until 5 PM (managed by REALCYCLE)
    • Napoleon & St. Charles, open 10:30 AM until 5:30 PM (managed by Grounds Krewe)
    • Foucher & St. Charles, open 11:00 AM until 6:00 PM (managed by The Green Project)
    • 6th St & St. Charles, open 11:30 AM until 6:30 PM (managed by Glass Half Full
    • St. Andrew & St. Charles, open 12:00 PM until 7:00 PM (managed by Osprey Initiative)
    • Harmony Circle & St. Charles, open 12:30 PM until 7:30 PM (managed by NOLACans4Food)
  • The New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center will continue to recycle Mardi Gras beads at the parade parties for Endymion, Bacchus and Orpheus.  They are partnering with REALCYCLE to do recycling and bead collection, and the beads will be delivered to ARC of Greater New Orleans.