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.
View the Recycling map
Volunteer with us during Mardi Gras.
The NOLA Ready Volunteer Corps is supporting several different operations throughout the Mardi Gras season, including:
- Recycle Dat - Join our pilot Mardi Gras recycling program. Volunteers will distribute bead recycling bags and staff recycling hubs along the route during weekend day parades.
- Volunteers will receive a free Recycle Dat t-shirt and vouchers to local breweries for their efforts.
- First Aid Stations - Join New Orleans EMS, the New Orleans Health Department, and American Red Cross in bringing basic first aid and crowd assistance to the parade route. Volunteers must have a current Basic Life Support certification or higher.
Sign-Up to Volunteer Here
Every Can Counts Mardi Gras Contest
Enter to win a $200 gift card to one of the top dining locations in the French Quarter – Brennan’s Restaurant or a sustainability minded restaurant of your choice. Participants will also be entered into daily giveaways on Feb. 3-4 and Feb. 10-11 for the potential to win a $20 gift card to Urban South Brewery in New Orleans.
- Follow @everycancountsus on Instagram
- Share a photo of you recycling during the Mardi Gras parades on either Feb. 3-4 or Feb. 10-11 to your Instagram stories tagging @everycancountsus
- Once you follow and share, comment on any of our contest posts with “everycancounts” to enter.
Four winners will be randomly selected each day to receive a $20 gift card to Urban South Brewery and will be notified by 5 p.m. CT. One Grand Prize winner will receive a $200 gift card to Brennan’s restaurant, which will be announced on Feb. 14 (Valentine’s Day).
Official contest rules will be posted on the everycancounts.us website.
Recycle aluminum cans to support local charities
All aluminum cans collected along the Uptown parade route will be driven to EMR Metal Recycling, which will pay market rate for the cans and then the revenue generated will be given to local charities, with Every Can Counts doubling the money raised along the route up to the first $5,000.
In addition to cans collected along the parade route, community members are encouraged to bring empty used beverage cans - with Every Can Counts doubling the funds up to the first $5,000 (separate from the route matching funds) - to the EMR Metal Recycling Mid-City location (2525 Lafitte Street) for one of the following options:
Aluminum Can Fast Facts:
Making an aluminum beverage can from recycled aluminum reduces energy use and greenhouse gas emissions more than 80 percent compared to using primary aluminum.10
The average aluminum beverage can manufactured in the United States contains 73 percent recycled content.4
You can power a TV for three hours from the energy saved by recycling one aluminum beverage can.9
The energy saved from recycling all (100%) aluminum cans could power 4.1 million homes for a full year.5