RENO — Waste Management is reminding its customers to save money and think green by avoiding traditional Halloween routines — that usually result in waste — in favor of recyclable, eco-friendly habits:
• Use the whole pumpkin for both food and decoration: Bake the seeds with a little bit of salt for a tasty and healthy snack, or puree the freshly cutout pieces for recipes that call for fresh pumpkin. All other parts of the pumpkin can be added to a compost pile.
• Buy costumes made of reusable or recycled materials or incite your family’s creativity by constructing a unique, exciting costume from scratch. Sites such as www.treehugger.com offer free instructional videos on how to make popular costume ideas for $10 or less.
• Use recyclable bags for trick-or-treating.
• Look for candy brands that donate part of their profits to environmental causes, fair trade-sourced chocolates; or sweets made with pure cane sugar, fruit juice and natural colors. If you’re skipping candy for health reasons, try handing out small toys, pencils or soy crayons. In addition, don’t forget to buy in bulk to avoid the packaging waste.
• Make decorations at home or buy decor that can be used year after year while avoiding disposable items such as streamers or paper plates.
For more information on Waste Management’s local services, visit www.wm.com.