photo by Danny Fulgencio

Procuring stacks of cheap plastic beads makes you rich during a Mardi Gras parade.

But what to do with them afterward, when they become a pile of unwanted plastic?

Sometimes teachers want Mardi Gras beads to use for class projects, so you could hit up your local school to see if anyone wants them. But there’s an even easier way to recycle beads.

Oak Cliff-based real estate agent Jenni Stolarski every year sets up “reverse Mardi Gras” collection barrels and passes the beads on to be used in the following year’s parade.

Find the collection barrels at these locations:

405 S. Clinton Ave.,

1331 S. Montreal Ave.,

1331 E. Greenbriar Lane.