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Tips to go green and reduce waste this Halloween

One of the scariest things about Halloween is the amount of waste that is produced: 7 million pounds each year.

Posted: Oct. 23, 2018 5:11 PM
Updated: Oct. 23, 2018 5:33 PM

One of the scariest things about Halloween is the amount of waste that is produced: 7 million pounds each year.

To help combat this issue, the Oneida-Herkimer Solid Waste Authority is offering some Hallo-green tips for the upcoming holiday.

One of the tips is to get creative and make your own costumes, check out second-hand stores, or host a Halloween costume swap with friends.

If you’re decorating, you’re encouraged to use natural decorations like gourds, pumpkins and corn stalks, which can all be composted after you’re done with them. Recycled paper can be turned into window decorations for things like spiders or pumpkins, and painted grocery bags can be used for ghostly effects.

Another tip is to use re-useable bags instead of plastic to collect your treats.

“Rather than using the one-time use plastic bags for trick-or-treating, we encourage residents to use something like a pillowcase or have your child decorate a paper bag or something like that,” said Jamie Tuttle of the Oneida-Herkimer Solid Waste Authority. “But the Authority is also giving out free reusable bags made from recycled water bottles. You can obtain trick-or-treat bags by stopping down at our Eco Drop in Utica or Rome.”

For more tips on how to have a green Halloween, click here.

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