Give Used Halloween Candy Wrappers A Second Life

In the days leading up to Halloween, American consumers spend nearly $2 billion on candy. By the time the sugar-high wears off, millions of candy wrappers have been needlessly discarded and end up in landfills.

That’s why TerraCycle has partnered with Mars/Wrigley and Cadbury to create a second life for those used candy wrappers.

This holiday season, conscious consumers are invited to join the Candy Wrapper Brigade by saving the wrapper every time they enjoy a Mars/Wrigley or Cadbury candy product. Collected wrappers are then sent in to the company where they’ll be upcycled into purses, backpacks, coolers, and other innovative products.

Participation in the Candy Wrapper Brigade is simple and completely free – all costs and shipping are covered by Mars/Wrigley and Cadbury. Eligible products include M&Ms, Skittles, Sour Patch Kids, Twix, Snickers, and Swedish Fish.

How it works:

1. Once you sign–up online to participate in the Candy Wrapper Brigade you will receive prepaid postage labels and collection materials from TerraCycle.
2. Collect enough wrappers to fill a box (no larger than the size of a copy paper box).
3. Affix the pre–paid postage label and drop it off at a UPS location.

For each approved candy wrapper received, $.02 will be donated to the non–profit organization or school of your choice!

If you prefer not to give out candy for Halloween, you can also join collection brigades for drink pouches, yogurt cups, cookie wrappers, energy bars, Scotch Tape, wine corks, and Flavia fresh packs…just to name a few.

So far, 10,000 TerraCycle brigades have collected over 580,000 used packaging units and raised over $11,000 for charities all over the country.

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Debbie Crowe
Debbie Crowe3 years ago

Darn, this program is closed.
We had a very cold, rainy Halloween so we didn't have many Trick-or-Treaters. Now, we have a bunch of candy left. Eventually it will get eaten, but I love this idea. Maybe I should start collecting now and they will do it again next year!

Terry V.
Terry V4 years ago


Tanya W.
Tanya W4 years ago

Amazing thanks.

rene davis
irene davis4 years ago

its a start.

Donna Hamilton
Donna Hamilton4 years ago


Marie W.
Marie W5 years ago

Keep in mind- if I buy candy.

Melissah Chadwick
Past Member 5 years ago


John B.
John B5 years ago

Interesting article. Thanks Beth.

Holly C.
Past Member 6 years ago

This is really a great idea! I've helped make bags out of juice pouches, but never thought of candy wrappers/packaging. Very clever!

Sharon L.
Sharon L.6 years ago

Great idea! Our office consumes massive amounts of "sweets" so I am putting a wrapper container next to candy to save!