With Halloween just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to think about how to celebrate this spooktacular holiday while minimizing our impact on the environment. Check out these five litter tips so you can have an eco-friendly Halloween in Tennessee!
1. Dispose of Candy Wrappers Properly
Instead of letting candy wrappers scatter on the streets, make it a habit to carry a small bag or be sure to place them in your pocket where you can store them until you find a trash can. Encourage your children to do the same. Proper disposal of candy wrappers can go a long way in keeping our neighborhoods clean.
2. Collect Litter as You Trick-or-Treat
While trick-or-treating, bring a reusable bag or a trash picker and pick up any litter you come across during the evening. You can turn it into a fun game for the kids, rewarding them for Trick-or-treat trash pick with a small treat for every piece of litter they collect. By the end of the night, you’ll not only have a bag full of candy, but a sense of pride for making your community cleaner.
3. Use Reusable Containers for Trick-or-Treat Bags
Leave those disposable plastic bags at the store. Instead, opt for using reusable containers for your Halloween loot. Tote bags, pillowcases, or even old buckets make excellent eco-friendly alternatives. These not only reduce waste but are also more durable, ensuring that your trick-or-treat haul makes it home with you, and these small changes can make a big impact on the environment!
4. Compost Pumpkins or Dispose of Them Properly
Carving pumpkins is a cherished Halloween tradition, but what happens to those pumpkins after the holiday? Rather than tossing them in the trash where they’ll end up in a landfill, consider composting them. Many areas in Tennessee have composting programs, or pumpkin scraps make fantastic additions to your own compost pile, too.
5. Celebrate Responsibly!
Lastly, let’s not forget the importance of responsible Halloween celebrations. If you plan to host a Halloween party, consider using reusable plates, cups and utensils instead of disposable ones. Encourage your guests to recycle and dispose of their waste properly. If you’re attending a community event, take a moment to locate and use designated trash and recycling bins.
Halloween is a time for fun and frights, but it’s also an opportunity to be environmentally responsible. By following these simple steps to have a litter-free Halloween, you can help preserve the natural beauty of Tennessee and set a positive example for others. Remember, every little action counts, and together, we can ensure that Nobody Trashes Tennessee, even during the spookiest time of the year!