A pumpkin.

Have fun this Halloween season while keeping the environment in mind. Here are a few tips to consider as you prepare for your Halloween festivities:

1. Show your Halloween spirit with durable, reusable, and recyclable decorations.

  • Choose decorations that you can use year after year.
  • For recyclable decorations, look for plastics that are #1-5 or #7, as #6 and unlabeled plastics are not recyclable. Avoid metallic or glitter-coated decorations, as these cannot be recycled. Questions? Check out icgov.org/recycle.

2. Create an eco-friendly costume.

3. Offer sustainable treats.

  • Consider candy options with less packaging, organic or Fairtrade status. Alternatively, offer a treat other than candy.
  • Sometimes individually-wrapped candy is the easiest and safest option. In this case, you can still make a difference by recycling the candy wrappers through Terracycle. Connect with your neighbors to fill up a box to send to Terracycle.

4. For trick-or-treating, collect your candy and treats in a reusable or durable option.

  • Consider a reusable cloth bag, pillow case, or wicker basket (among many other options) to carry your candy around while trick-or-treating.

5. When the festivities end, remember to compost your pumpkins and gourds.

  • To compost at the curb, remove any candles or lights from inside your pumpkin and place it in your organics container (City cart, or personal 20-35 gallon upright container), or in a paper yard waste bag, and then set it at the curb by 7 a.m. for collection on your normal service day.
  •  Residents can also take pumpkins to the Iowa City Landfill’s compost facility to be composted at no charge. 

Questions? Call Resource Management Customer Service at 319-356-5151.

Date of publication

Thursday, October 17, 2019