Let's make something clear: Halloween is for fun. It's for oversized decorations and haunted houses and way too much candy. (The exception to candy being small toys or stickers or other items available to kids with food allergies, who use a teal-colored bucket when trick-or-treating.)
It would be awesome if all those wrappers for all those bite-sized candies were also biodegradable or easy to recycle, but we don't live in that world right now. And although the whole "poisoned candy" stories are mostly urban legends, we also don't live in a world where parents or kids want to see houses handing out unwrapped treats.
That doesn't mean you can't make an effort to trick-or-treat a little more sustainably in this imperfect world. Mars Inc., for one example, is offering free recyclable candy bags on its website. Working with New Jersey-based Rubicon Technologies Inc., the bag doubles as a place to put used wrappers. Once you're done with the candy, the bag has a prepaid postage stamp. Drop it in a nearby mailbox to send the wrappers off for recycling, Mars said in a news release.
Rubicon estimates that the "vast majority" of wrappers from 600 million pounds of candy purchased each year in the U.S. end up in landfills. It began its "Trick or Trash" effort in 2019, providing wrapper recycling containers for schools, small businesses and community organizations.
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