Sunday, October 25, 2015

Are Candy Wrappers Recyclable?

Candy is used as a gift, a reward, an incentive, and a treat. In all actuality, a very small percentage of people don’t like candy.

“Candy canes, candy corn, candy hearts: whether Christmas or Easter, Halloween or Valentine’s day, every holiday has its trademark sweet, and customers are more than happy to hand over the money for a bit of holiday cheer. 

Seasonal candy sales accounted for 57 million U.S. dollars in sales in the United States in 2013. The Easter bunny can be thanked for the highest share of these sales, with the largest percent of seasonal candy being sold at Easter.”

“Although anyone can make and sell candy, the market itself is dominated by 5 primary brands: Hershey, Mars, RM Palmer. Russell Stover, and Nestle. These five companies account for 98% of the candy sales at Halloween. Hershey and Mars account for 87% on their own.”

With Halloween looming and all of that candy being sold, increasingly so each year, what should be done with all of those candy wrappers?

“While commonly recycled materials like aluminum, plastic and paper make up the bulk of (candy) packaging, candy wrappers are actually extremely difficult to recycle because of their size, weight and” the fact that they are sometimes made of mixed commodities.

There are websites dedicated to reusing or upcycling candy wrappers, but sadly most of them end up in the landfill.

To try your hand at reusing or upcycling candy wrappers, visit For more information on trash and recycling visit

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