TerraCycle's spook-tacular solution for recycling halloween packaging

TerraCycle's spook-tacular solution for recycling halloween packaging

Sustainability

With Halloween just around the corner, TerraCycle, a company dedicated to sustainability, is offering a limited-time solution to address the issue of non-recyclable sweet packaging.

TerraCycle's Halloween Treat Wrappers Zero Waste Box and Halloween Treat Wrappers Zero Waste Pouch feature holiday-specific graphics, making recycling more spook-tacular than ever.

Halloween, often associated with fun and treats, unfortunately generates a spine-chilling amount of plastic waste each year. In the United States, Halloween sweet sales exceed $3.1 billion, and most of these sugary delights come wrapped in packaging that cannot be recycled through standard means.

TerraCycle provides a straightforward and eco-conscious solution. The Zero Waste Box and Zero Waste Pouch can be purchased by anyone, allowing for the recycling of flexible plastic-based sweet packaging and wrappers, materials that are typically not accepted in curbside recycling programmes.

Halloween candy credit Luke Jones
Halloween candy © Luke Jones (CC BY 2.0)

Once the Box or Pouch is filled with discarded sweet packaging and wrappers, all that's needed is to affix the pre-paid shipping label and send it back to TerraCycle. At TerraCycle's facilities, the collected materials undergo a transformation. They are cleaned, melted, and remoulded into plastic pellets, which then become the building blocks for new and sustainable products.

Tom Szaky, founder and CEO of TerraCycle, said: In North America, TerraCycle has recycled approximately 15 million candy wrappers and snack packaging (and counting!) through its Zero Waste Box Programme to date. It’s pretty scary to think that otherwise this waste would all go to landfill.

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