News Release

Project Front Yard and Krewe of Rio Partner for Mardi Gras Recycling
Posted: 2/9/2018 3:00 PM

People go to Mardi Gras for a lot of reasons: to see their favorite parades and Krewes, to spend time with family, and to catch the coveted special Mardi Gras throws. But last weekend, Project Front Yard and Krewe of Rio partnered for a unique reason: to reduce waste generated at Mardi Gras through recycling and prevent waste from being thrown out and sent to landfills.

On February 3, a group of 25 Project Front Yard volunteers met at Pontiac Point prior to the parade kick-off where they assisted Krewe members in recycling more than 4,600 pounds of cardboard and almost 400 pounds of plastic film. These efforts alone diverted about 85% of normally landfilled waste at the start of the parade into the recycling stream. The volunteers then walked as the last “float” in the parade where they collected more than 5,300 pounds of beads to be repurposed and reused by LARC. The overall waste reduction and recycling work decreased the parade debris which would have otherwise been landfill-bound by about 24 percent.

According to Project Front Yard Coordinator Skyra Rideaux, “The cleanup wasn’t only a feel-good social effort, but there is also a very tangible and measured economic impact for our community. “ The combined efforts of Krewe members and volunteers reduced the workload for Lafayette Consolidated Government’s (LCG) Public Works Department, which cleans the parade route at the end of each night, saving dozens of man hours, $650 in dumpster fees, and preventing damage to LCG’s street sweepers from the plastic film that usually ends up in the streets. 

“This project is a great example of the good that can be done when public and private entities partner up,” said Lafayette Mayor-President Joel Robideaux. “We are really grateful to the Krewe of Rio, not only for their hard work on this initiative, but also their care and concern for the appearance of our community. Rio has set the stage for what a cleaner Mardi Gras can look like in Lafayette and we are excited about the momentum that is building for other organizations.”

Project Front Yard worked with Rio Float Captains for two months to develop and implement a recycling process into their parade preparations. The Krewe was encouraged to recycle cardboard boxes instead of throwing them in a dumpster and every Krewe member was provided large plastic bags to collect all plastic film from beads. These efforts are in line with Project Front Yard’s mission to transform Lafayette’s Landscape and address community cleanliness and beautification through education.
“Krewe of Carnivale en Rio would like to thank Project Front Yard for inviting us to partner with them on the first ‘Green Mardi Gras Project,’” stated Krewe of Rio President Larry Comeaux. “Anytime you introduce changes to an organization, you normally face challenges and resistance from your members. Not in this case, everyone participated with a great deal of enthusiasm and willingness to help make this a successful project for the City of Lafayette. We look forward to working together on future projects.”
Project Front Yard is an initiative of Lafayette Consolidated Government created to mirror Lafayette’s festivals, food and music, the proverbial “backyard,” to an equally welcoming “front yard,” with litter-free streets and waterways, beautiful public art, revitalized gateways, enhanced streetscapes, and more.
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