UNION, NJ - The New Jersey Clean Communities Council wants all those little ghosts, goblins and ghouls to have a super spooky Halloween. But if there’s one thing scarier than a headless horseman galloping down Morris Avenue, it has to be all the trash on the streets when the sun rises the next morning.
Candy wrappers on the porch. Discarded costumes in the gutter. Decorations hanging from trees.
Here are five easy ways to reduce the Halloween litter in Union:
1. Bring a trash bag as you take your ghouls door-to-door. When you see litter, you have the perfect place to put it. Play a game with the kids to see who can find the most discarded wrappers as you go around the neighborhood.
2. Use a milk jug instead of a plastic candy container. If it must be a smiling pumpkin, just add some permanent marker for a personalized grin. When done, just recycle the container.
3. Avoid the plastic store costume; it will soon end up in a recycling bin or a landfill. Instead, grab the kiddies and create your own costume from cool stuff hanging around the house.
4. You don’t need to go to the mega-retailer near you to buy decorations. Head to the recycling bin to grab bottles and paint on some skulls. Or use plastic garbage bags to make ghosts.
5. Keep a trash can near the front door for all those Trick-or-Treaters with the munchies. You want the candy wrappers in there, rather than the hydrangeas.
"Just like when we have a celebration in our home, a cleanup follows the festivities,” said Township Mayor Manuel Figueiredo. “This is applicable to Halloween, but on a larger scale. Any common sense suggestions, such as these, makes the post celebration cleanup that much easier."
“You don’t have to sacrifice any of the fun (or frights) to have a trash-free Halloween,” said NJCCC Executive Director Sandy Huber. “Do you have some of your own great ideas that you want to share with people all over New Jersey? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll feature your idea on our Facebook page!”