Cutting the Halloween waste
While Halloween may be spooky fun with sweet delights for trick-or-treaters, it leaves a trail of waste in its wake.
The government reports that on an average day, each Canadian generates about 1.7 kilograms of garbage a day. Halloween costumes and candy wrappers will add even more garbage to the pile.
By remembering to reduce, reuse and recycle, we can cut down the amount of Halloween waste. Tips from Environment Canada include:
- Make a Halloween costume out of old clothes and rags around the house, go to a second-hand store or rent a costume rather than buying something new.
- Use make-up instead of a mask when dressing up. If you do buy costume makeup, make sure you can use it year after year. Single-use kits are often over-packaged, and masks may be out of fashion by the next year.
- After Halloween is over, don't throw the Jack-o'-lantern out, use it to make tasty pies and muffins, or put it in a composter with other food wastes.
- Instead of giving out over-packaged treats (One of the greatest contributors to Halloween paper waste, according to Environment Canada), you could give out restaurant coupons.
- For Halloween parties, rent dishes and cups, or use your own dishes instead of buying disposable items. Use your imagination to make party decorations out of scrap paper, cloth, and anything else around the house or office that would otherwise have ended up in the garbage.
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