Don’t toss your Halloween candy wrappers without reading this first

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Halloween fun is really serious business, and that means there’s potential for a lot of trash at a time when Most of our shopping is aimed at being environmentally healthy,

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There are better ways to enjoy a fun-filled Halloween with less guilt about our impact on the earth, and it starts with informed, not careless, recycling.

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national confectionery association say 75% of people plan to celebrate Halloween this year, and within that number, 93% plan to attend lots chocolate and candy,

And one of the largest candy makers, Mars Wrigley, is forecasting this year’s Halloween participation will rise 11% compared to just a year ago, when more families limit close contact due to COVID-19 risks. Were were (Keep in mind, health officials still have guidelines for the pandemic.) This boom will also come with a 13% increase in candy prices, According to Mars WrigleyIn the midst of a broader inflationary trend that is pushing up grocery receipts and much more.

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What does it mean as our families sort out their Halloween halls, do major business and finally dive in? Too many empty candy wrappers.

Mars Wrigley, for one, Rubicon Technologies, Inc. , a company that specializes in digital waste and other recycling, to distribute recyclable trick-or-treat bags. Sure, they can be used in the days to come as your little goblins (and some sneaky adults) grab the bounty.

Program was so popularMars ran out of its recyclable trick-or-treat bags, but groups, especially schools or community centers, can order a free box of bags Via Rubicon website.

And if you like next year’s idea, let Mars know; It will seek the cooperation of consumers and manufacturers to improve recycling. According to a study by environmental advocacy group Greenpeace, only 5% of the 51 million tons of US plastic waste was recycled in 2021.

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Importantly, with all the extra Halloween trash, we must remember that can do And can’t To limit the burden on municipal sorting facilities must be recycled. The realty is that most candy wrappers cannot be recycled into individual households. One, they are so small that they glue up most recycling machinery, and two, they are made from a mixture of materials, which reduces their recyclability. Throwing them in the recycling bin doesn’t help anyone.

There’s a way to rethink sweet consumption and its impact on landfills to buy candy in bulk when we canWhich means a whole lot less packaging in the long run.

Or, you might consider subscribing to services that pick up traditionally non-recyclable waste and, for a fee, take it away and segregate paper, plastic, and other materials for advanced recycling. Gives time One such niche recycling service is TerraCycle and its zero-waste curbside box,

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Now, candy isn’t the only category that can make this holiday seem worthless.

According to a study by environmental group Hubb, 83% of Halloween costumes are made using non-recyclable, oil-based plastics, which means they are destined for a landfill. For just one day’s use, 2,000 metric tons of plastic waste is generated, the same 83 million plastic bottles are thrown away.

If you or family members have opted for a plastic or lightweight “fast fashion” fabric dress, by all means enjoy its use. But a little care after wearing can allow you to reuse it for another family member next year. Or, before you throw Halloween clothes and accessories in the trash, consider donating to drama departments or community centers. In planning ahead, eco-clothing sites have useful tips Buying or reusing clothing basics that can be transformed into different outfits over the years.

And if you’d rather not buy at all and instead tap home goods, your craft closet or thrift stores for costume ideas, there are many online sources to feed your creativity, including this strong list,

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