YLC Recycles and ARC of Greater New Orleans envision a carnival season that retains all of it’s unique culture and entertainment, yet produces less waste in streets and landfills post parade while promoting a culture of environmental and urban stewardship in New Orleans. In order to achieve this vision, the two organizations are piloting an exciting initiative aimed at reducing waste during two days of Mardi Gras parades in 2018. This year on February 3rd and 11th a team of volunteers will distribute two types of labeled recycling bags to the public before and during the day parades. One bag will be for cans and plastic bottles and the other for Mardi Gras throws. Members of the public who accept the bags with our instructions will be asked to turn them in at one of six stations in the pilot area, or to leave them on the route for pickup by our trucks and volunteers following the Krewes of Freret and Thoth.