Plastic Free

Recycling Tips: How To Have a Plastic-Free Halloween, Waste-Free Holiday! –

  • Editor’s Note: This article is part of a series of recycling and waste-collection tips, written by Kane County Recycling Coordinator Jennifer Jarland. Got a question or idea for a recycling tip? Call 630-208-3841 or e-mail

As we head into holiday season, and the plastic ornaments start to sprout out of people lawns and porches, I am inspired to write a short missive on how we might reframe our ideas about holiday decorations.

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I encourage you all to RETHINK your decorations!

Natural decorations are naturally more beautiful.

If you are really into it, you can start a neighborhood movement toward a PLASTIC-FREE Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas! Competitions to see who can be the greenest are a great way to inspire innovation.

Use natural (and/or reusable) items to decorate your home and feel good when you can compost them instead of landfilling them! Use organic materials like corn stalks and hay, pumpkins and flowers, hemp twine and wreaths of corn flowers