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Posted on Monday, Oct. 1, 2012

Yikes! Candy wrappers can’t be recycled, so be mindful when trick-or-treating this year to only take what candies you really want in order to reduce the amount of waste you send to landfills. Got extra candy left over? Instead of throwing it away, freeze it and reuse it for other treats. You can crumble and bake the candy into rice krispie treats or cookies.

Love to dress up for Halloween? Reduce your impact and save money this year by reusing past costumes or borrowing from a friend. If you have a costume you no longer want, try donating it to the Salvation Army or Goodwill.

Celebrating the start of the school year but don’t know what to do with all those red cups, corks, bottles, and cans? You can recycle them with the help of Terracycle, a company that accepts non-recyclable or difficult-to-recycle items usually destined for landfills. All you need to do is create a brigade free-of-charge for your desired product and start collecting.

Respect resources and our local community this year by choosing locally farmed pumpkins this Halloween. Pick of the Patch Pumpkins, organized by Bay Area farmers, has two locations in Santa Clara and is a good resource for many Halloween activities.

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