FORT FISHER, NC (WECT) - With Halloween just a few days away, the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher is hoping you'll put a little green in your Halloween.
The aquarium is inviting students in New Hanover and Brunswick counties to donate their candy wrappers for a chance to win a free education program and live animal presentation.
You can drop them off as a class from November 1-22 between 9 and 5 p.m. Staffers will weigh the wrappers, and the class with the most will win!
Andy Gould, the Outreach Coordinator with the aquarium, says this is part of their ongoing focus on conservation, and they hope this contest encourages people to continue to recycle.
"There are a lot of candy wrappers that are produced during Halloween time, and all of that, if you don't recycle it goes right into the landfill and takes up space there. So, it allows us to make new materials and reuse those products," Gould said.
They leftover wrappers are also a concern for marine and animal life.
"If they end up on the ground and in the water, they could get eaten or swallowed by animals in the water. They could get tangled up with the animals, so it could definitely cause some problems for animals," Gould said.
According to the aquarium's website, the wrappers will be sent to recycling partner, TerraCylce. The company creates systems for hard-to-recycle waste and turns trash into treasure. They create products like park benches, purses and backpacks from things that are normally considered garbage.
Donations are not only limited to classes. Anyone is encouraged to drop-off their wrappers, but the contest is for only one program for 30 students in New Hanover or Brunswick counties.
Gould also offered a few other tips for how to keep your Halloween "green." He suggests you use as many "reuseables" as possible. For example, what you collect your trick-or-treat candies in. He says you can use a cloth shopping bag, a pillow case, or your plastic pumpkin from last year's Halloween.
Gould says you can also cut your carbon emissions by walking as much as possible while trick-or-treating.
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