Each year, we generate a scary amount of garbage during the Halloween season. From costumes to pumpkins, we throw out a lot! Oaks Dumpsters has some tips and tricks for generating less trash and taking care to discard and recycle the rest properly.
Last year, consumers spent $8.8 billion on Halloween retail. That’s about $86 per person celebrating. The spending includes pumpkins, costumes, décor, and more. After the holidays, 8 billion pounds of waste gets thrown into landfills — and that’s just pumpkins! What can we do to save money and generate less junk this year?
Last year, around 35 million costumes were purchased. Most of these were packaged in non-recyclable plastic. Decrease the waste by repurposing old costumes or making your own. Thrift stores are great resources for vintage clothes for costumes!
Candy Collection Bags
Plastic bags for Halloween sweets are a horror for landfills. There are tons of eco-friendly alternatives for collecting treats, including: Reusable Halloween containers Pillowcases Paper bags Backpacks Old handbags Tote bags & More
Those giant inflatable ghosts look frightening, but the energy wasted to keep them from being a puddle of PVC on the lawn isn’t very eco-smart — and that PVC ghost will just be a frightening addition to the landfill in a couple of years. So, how can you be festive and environmentally friendly? Use natural decorations like pumpkins, gourds, hay bales, or corn stalks. LED lights are reusable every year and give a spooky touch to a spidery garland or a banner that you can use year after year. Get creative and make flying ghosts out of bed sheets or a scarecrow out of old clothes.
Instead of throwing your jack o’ lantern in the garbage, compost it! Slice it up and cover the pieces with leaves to accelerate the composting process. Some animals eat pumpkin! Talk to your veterinarian before feeding anything new to your pet, though. Some zoos and farms take donated pumpkins to feed their animals. Contact those in your local area. Don’t throw out those pumpkin seeds! Roast them for an easy-to-make, delicious snack.
Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
Preheat your oven to 300?. Take 1 ½ cups of whole pumpkin seeds and stir them together with 2 tsp. melted butter and salt to taste. Spread the seeds in a single layer on a baking pan. Roast, uncovered, for 45 minutes or until golden brown, stirring occasionally. Enjoy!
While you’re scaring up your eco-friendly decorations and costumes, challenge your friends to do the same. See who can conjure up the scariest doorway or eeriest ensemble! As always, if you need a dumpster for a cleanout or home improvement project, call us at 866.649.6247.
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