Rubicon’s mission is to end waste. We started Trick or Trash™ in 2019 with this goal in mind, sharing our passion for sustainability with each candy wrapper collection box delivery. Ahead of Halloween, participating schools, independent businesses, and community organizations can order a free Trick or Trash™ box, enabling students, customers, and community members to recycle candy wrappers instead of throwing them in the trash.
The boxes are shipped using the UPS Carbon Neutral Shipment program to ensure we keep the Trick or Trash™ carbon footprint very low. Each box is filled up with candy wrappers (and only candy wrappers, please!), taped shut, and mailed back to our recycling processor using a pre-affixed label. Participants receive a Certificate of Recycling, confirming how much would-be waste they divert from landfill.
Participants also benefit from a range of educational resources such as lesson plans, videos, and webinars, created in collaboration with the National Wildlife Federation. Even if you don’t qualify for a free box, you can still purchase a Trick or Trash™ box and do your part to recycle Halloween candy wrappers and contribute to the circular economy!
Trick or Trash™ is fun, free, and easy to participate in! You can enjoy your Halloween festivities and rest easy knowing that the waste generated by your Halloween candy is being recycled and the plastic from each wrapper will be reused. Each Trick or Trash™ box has the potential to keep hundreds of candy wrapper plastic out of landfills, or worse, our precious ecosystems.
Additionally, Trick or Trash™ provides passionate sustainability leaders with an opportunity to inspire their communities to recycle year-round. The Trick or Trash™ educational materials—shared by teachers with their students and business owners with their staff and customers—demonstrate the impact of recycling beyond Halloween. Every year, participants tell us that the program is much more than a simple box—it inspires an interest in the circular economy and lifelong commitments to fostering a more sustainable world.
Schools, independent businesses, and community organizations qualify to receive a free box! But anyone can still participate by purchasing a Trick or Trash™ for personal use, perhaps for a Halloween party!
Our priority is to get as many Trick or Trash™ boxes to as many schools and independent businesses—and by extension, as many communities and states around the country—as possible. Therefore, we limit the number of free box orders to one box per teacher, business owner, or community organization.
Not able to host a box? You can still enjoy using our educational materials. And if you’ve collected some wrappers of your own, you can search for a nearby participating business to bring your wrappers to deposit in their box!
Trick or Trash™ boxes can be shipped to physical locations in all 50 U.S. states. We cannot ship to PO boxes and there may be longer shipping times for Alaska and Hawaii.
All schools, independent businesses, and community organizations requesting a free box are required to submit their business address for shipping. Any personal addresses submitted for free box shipments will not be considered.