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Waste is Spooky!

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It’s hard to think of how to green up Halloween without being a Grinch. It’s the one time of year kids get given vast amounts of tasty, individually-wrapped candy. Unfortunately, the film plastic surrounding Halloween candy isn’t recyclable.

So how can we green up Halloween? Let's start with an easy one, pumpkins. Carving pumpkins during Halloween is a must-do, but make sure you are not wasting any of the pumpkin! Try roasting or sauteing the pumpkin seeds for a healthy snack. Pumpkins are also a great addition to your compost. Just make sure you are breaking them up into smaller pieces, so the pumpkins break down quicker and don’t impede the compost process.

Another easy way to reduce Halloween waste is to make reusable decorations. Try making spooky spider webs out of fun colored yarn instead of using a single-use synthetic option. You can also transform your empty plastic milk jugs into ghostly decorations by cutting or drawing faces on the outside and stringing them up as lanterns

Instead of buying a brand-new costume, search your closet for inspiration and make your own. If you are missing any key elements, visit your local thrift store or put out a request online for an item. Consider trading costumes with a local resident over buying new.  
Finally, the challenge that individually wrapped candy poses is a big one! Although candies handed out to trick-or-treaters might need to be individually wrapped, try to make your own family treats by candying nuts or apples and indulging in more cider donuts. If you don’t have the time to make treats try choosing bulk candies. This can mean buying candy in larger quantities or refilling reusable containers.

Wherever you fall on the Halloween waste reduction scale is fine. By taking what steps you can to reduce waste you are having a meaningful impact! If you have any of your own suggestions you’d like to share please email Colin, at colin@

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