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Beads are sorted and resold at ARC of Greater New Orleans.
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Although Mardi Gras is all about excess, the piles of abandoned beads, cups and recyclable trash left in a parade's wake are nothing to celebrate. In fact, a staggering statistic emerged a few weeks ago — city workers found 93,000 pounds of Mardi Gras beads clogging New Orleans catch basins. 

On this week's edition of All Things New Orleans, we'll chat with Miriam Arkin and Casey Coleman, of Court 13 Arts, about their upcoming Always for Pleasure Festival.  Then, Jessica Rosgaard returns with Richard Campanella to discuss his CityScapes column for nola.com/The Times Picayune. 

And, the Green Project's Catherine Crowell talks "all things reuseable" as we approach America Recycles Day on November 15th. 

The Nacogdoches City Council will consider an agreement Tuesday to recycle all of its mattresses that enter its landfill. The mattresses would go to a Whitehouse, Texas, couple who makes art out of the coils and sells it at Canton Trade Days in Canton, Texas.

Susan Hale is a furniture up-cycler. She is selling wreaths, Christmas trees, crosses and other home decor items out these reclaimed coils.

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In spite of a nationwide increase in environmental consciousness, recycling efforts in Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes have not had widespread public support.

After receiving limited responses from residents, officials said potential plans to revive the curbside recycling programs in both parishes were scrapped.

Terrebonne Parish Utilities Director Tom Bourg tells The Courier there wasn't enough public interest to justify a curbside recycling program.

He says the use of recycling bins placed throughout Terrebonne Parish has decreased as well.

The Green Minute: Myths Of Recycling, Part Four

May 8, 2014
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This is it, we’re closing out our recycling journey, and it all ends with glass.

New Orleans still does not recycle glass. I know! It’s sad, but don’t include it in your bin. It creates safety issues for recycling facility workers who hand-sort our single stream system.

The Myths Of Recycling, Part Three: Don't Shred Paper!

May 2, 2014
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We’re back with more myths of curbside recycling. Shredded and crumpled paper create a lot of confusion for sorting machines — hard to believe, but true. Sorting mechanisms can’t distinguish crumpled paper from plastic, and ultimately, it just winds up in the trash.

The same goes for shredded paper. The small bits drop through the equipment like water through a colander, and then it drops into the trash piles heading to the landfills. So…?

The Green Minute: Myths Of Recycling, Part Two

Apr 25, 2014
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Welcome to part two of the myths of recycling (here's part one in case you missed it).

Don’t keep a lid on it! That’s right. Plastic caps and lids are small and difficult to sort. They also keep liquids and other contaminants inside the plastic containers. So trash the lids and make sure your plastics are fully cleaned before placing them in your recycling bin.

The Green Minute: Myths Of Recycling, Part One

Apr 18, 2014
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New Orleans has had curbside recycling for a few years now, but many people are still skeptical that the city is actually recycling what we leave out for pick up. Do you think that everything you place into your recycling bin is going straight to the trash?

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The City of New Orleans will continue its curbside Christmas tree recycling program this year, the Mayor's Office has announced.

The trees, which will be collected during regular curbside trash collection days (Jan. 9-11), will be placed in selected coastal areas in an effort to help rebuild wetlands and protect the Louisiana coastline.

A lot of New Orleanians will tell you that the glass is half empty when it comes to glass recycling in this city. The question that drives everyone to drink is always ‘when is glass recycling coming?!’

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