The MacDonald Training Center (MTC) in Tampa, which empowers and helps find employment for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, is recycling all that pirate booty into a great opportunity.
In a partnership with the City of Tampa, the MTC is recycling your party beads to be used next year.
People with autism, down syndrome, hearing impairments and other disabilities get on-the-job training at the MTC. Over the next few weeks they will recycle and repackage beads to be sold back to Gasparilla krewes and revelers for next year’s shindig.
Fine arts students at MTC even painted a series of festive recycling bins for your Gasparilla beads that are now at four community centers around Tampa: