What's spookier than the thinning of the veil between the realm of the living and the dead each Halloween? The amount of candy wrappers that end up in landfills every year after the haunted holiday.
Americans buy roughly 600 million pounds of sweet treats annually for Halloween, with a "vast majority of wrappers" from that haul going straight into the trash, according to data from digital waste and recycling solutions provider Rubicon Technologies.
The problem? Most local curbside recycling programs don't accept them.
But one local zero-waste refillery is hoping to change those stats.
Fill More Waste Less in Madisonville will be accepting candy wrappers for recycling through Rubicon Technologies' "Trick or Trash" box program. Drop your wrappers off at the shop, where they will be collected and shipped to a recycling facility.
"Trick or Treating is enjoyed by so many (as it should be) and this year we’ve got a solution for the plastic candy wrappers that we throw away each year," reads a post on Fill More Waste Less' Instagram page. "We’ve got a @rubicon box so you can bring in your candy wrappers and toss them right in the in at our shop! So grab a jar/bag/box and collect all of those wrappers so that you can bring ‘em in to make sure they get recycled this year!"
Rubicon also sells direct-to-consumer Trick or Trash boxes (for $100), which you can order at rubicon.com.
Fill More Waste Less is located at 4305 Whetsel Ave., Madisonville. Find more info and store hours at fillmorewasteless.com.
Want to reuse those wrappers instead of recycling? Tap into your childhood nostalgia and make a DIY candy wrapper bracelet.
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