In an effort to continue to reduce waste in Homewood and support green spaces and the environment, the Village of Homewood will participate in Trash or Treasure™, a program designed to help reduce the waste that accumulates around seasonal celebrations throughout the year, starting with Halloween 2023.
Residents and visitors can drop off candy wrappers through Nov. 30 at village hall and place them in the Trash or Treasure™ recycling box, giving them a sense of accomplishment knowing their wrappers will be recycled into other uses.
It is estimated that each year more than 600 million pounds of candy are consumed in the United States during the Halloween season, and research from the National Retail Federation shows that in 2022, $3.1 billion was spent on candy during the holiday.
Candy packaging materials are notoriously difficult to recycle with the vast majority ending up in landfills, waterways and oceans. To address this challenge, Rubicon is once again enlisting the help of teachers, business owners and community leaders around the country in collecting used wrappers and inspiring communities to recycle.
The Trash or Treasure program will run throughout the year with special campaigns around Halloween, Valentine’s Day and other seasonal festivities in 2024.
Residents can drop off candy wrappers to the Homewood Village Hall, 2020 Chestnut Road, west entrance, Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. or on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon.
For more information on Rubicon’s Trash or Treasure™ program visit https://www.rubicon.com/trash-or-treasure/