When all the tricking and treating is said and done, the candy wrappers remain. Hundreds of millions of them in the United States each year — following Halloween alone.
The plastic wrappers can’t be recycled in the typical chain, so they often end up in landfills, or enter local waterways through stormwater drains.
An effort called Trick or Trash is trying to change that.
Led by waste technologies company Rubicon, the program allows people to drop off candy wrappers that will be transformed into new products. Cox Communications and the National Wildlife Federation are partners of the project.
In Hampton Roads, Trick or Trash recycling boxes are up through Nov. 20 at all Virginia Beach recreation centers and in Chesapeake at the Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast headquarters, 912 Cedar Road.
The wrappers will then be collected and processed by recycling company g2 revolution, where they’re turned into pellets used to make new plastic items.