Halloween can be a fun and spooky holiday, but it can also generate a lot of waste. To make Halloween more eco-friendly, here are some recycling ideas and tips:
Instead of buying disposable decorations, opt for reusable or biodegradable options. For example, use real pumpkins and gourds, which can be composted after the holiday.
Make your own decorations from recycled materials, like cardboard and old fabric.
Create your costume using items you already have at home or visit thrift stores for costume components.
Swap costumes with friends or family from previous years.
Look for candy brands that use minimal packaging or packaging made from recyclable materials.
Collect wrappers and consider upcycling them into crafts or sending them to specialise recycling programs.
After Halloween, consider composting your carved pumpkins. Pumpkin scraps are excellent additions to compost piles.
If you’re using battery-powered decorations or costumes, use rechargeable batteries to reduce waste.
Hand out eco-friendly treats like fair trade chocolates, or items with minimal packaging.
Donation or Reuse:
After Halloween, consider donating costumes or decorations you no longer need to schools, local charities, or friends.
Make sure to properly sort your Halloween waste, including plastics, paper, and organics. Check your local recycling guidelines for specific instructions.
DIY Halloween Crafts:
Instead of buying new Halloween items every year, try making your own decorations and costumes. This can be a fun and creative way to reduce waste.