Saving the planet, one wrapper at a time

Recycle candy wrappers to prevent them from ending up in landfills.
Recycle candy wrappers to prevent them from ending up in landfills.(Juliana Alford)
Published: Oct. 31, 2022 at 6:31 PM CDT
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RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA) - After Halloween you might recycle costumes, decorations, or leave your jack-o-lanterns for the critters to eat; but do you recycle your Halloween candy wrappers? Rapid City Waste Management is encouraging people to recycle those candy wrappers instead of just throwing them in the trash.

By recycling your candy wrappers you are helping reduce landfills, ocean pollution, as well as keeping the Black Hills trash-free.

“There is a program we are participating in called Trick or Trash. It’s super easy. You can order it online, it will show up in the mail and we’re able to recycle any candy wrappers in there. Once the box is full or half full you’re able to send it back in, and they will give you a certificate with how many pounds of candy wrappers you recycled,” Ria Hannon, Solid Waste education & outreach coordinator, said.

This is the fourth year of the Trick or Trash program and about 4 ,000 boxes were incorporated this year across all 50 states.

You can find Trick or Trash collection boxes in the City Hall lobby, Main Street Square, and the Rapid City Landfill. These boxes will be available until Nov. 4.