Mississippi Aquarium hosting annual Mardi Gras Bead Recycling program

Mississippi Aquarium is once again hosting its annual Mardi Gras Bead Recycling Drive.

Starting today, instead of tossing those beads away, you can drop them off at the Mississippi Aquarium in Gulfport and they’ll take the beads to the Arc of Greater New Orleans to be recycled.

The Arc is a nonprofit dedicated to the independence and well-being of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

The recycle center will collect, sort, and repackage the beads.

Last year, the Aquarium sent more than 10,000 pounds of beads and plastic trinkets to the organization. Mississippi Aquarium Public Relations and Communications Manager Jeff Clark said, “Mardi Gras beads create a lot of waste. Plastic is toxic to our water supply. It can be dangerous to our marine life. So, it’s just an easy way to, instead of throwing them away, bring them to the Mississippi Aquarium and we will take care of them for you.”

Beads can be dropped off in front of the ticket window every day between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. through March 22nd.

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