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Trick or Trash – Candy Wrapper Recycling in Ann Arbor

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Do you know there are options for Recycling Candy Wrappers in Ann Arbor? We’ve got details on how to keep your wrappers out of the landfill.

Halloween Candy is great, but most of the wrappers cannot go in your recycle or compost bin making them destined for the trash. In Ann Arbor, the Leslie Science & Nature Center and the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum are providing an option for recycling candy wrappers.


Rubicon Trick or Trash

AAHOM and LSNC are participating in the Rubicon Trick or Trash program, Rubicon started the program in 2019 to limit waste during Halloween. Their recycling center sorts the candy wrappers. The plastic from wrappers is turned into doggy bags while plastic and aluminum wrappers are recycled with traditional processes.

Check out their video on the program.


Recycle Candy Wrappers at Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum

The Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum will have a drop-box for candy wrappers in their lobby that can be accessed while the museum is open – 10a-5p on Tuesdays-Sundays. Collect your wrappers at home, and plan a visit to the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum

The Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum offers a fun interactive visit with plenty to explore for all ages.

In August 2021 they opened STEAM Park, a brand new exhibit designed with Toyota Engineers.

Image provided by Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum

The Preschool Gallery is perfect for toddlers and preschoolers to explore balls, water, and climbing. My teen was thrilled to take her cousin to this section to visit Engineers on a Roll which opened a few years after she aged out of the Preschool Gallery. Since the gallery is just for kids ages 4 and under, it is a great place for toddlers and preschoolers to escape the big kids.

AAHOM - Preschool Gallery- Engineers on a Roll

Another favorite is Block Party, which was supposed to be a temporary display in 2011 and proved so popular that it is still around today. Over the years they have replaced the blocks a couple of times eventually moving to a stiffer foam.

Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum Bricks

At a Glance


Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, 220 East Ann Street, Ann Arbor, MI, USA


Year Round –


Sunday: 10a-5p

Tuesday: 10a-5p

Wednesday: 10a-5p

Thursday: 10a-5p

Friday: 10a-5p

Saturday: 10a-5p


$16/ages 2+, Under 2 are free. Free for Museum Members. Discounted $3 rate for EBT Card holders

Events from our Sponsors

Lit Jack O'lanerns at Hallowee'en at Greenfield Village. Three across the bottom with the middle one carved to say Hallowe'en at Greenfield Village. A traditional jack o'lantern with a face sits above this pumpkin. To the right is a pumpkin with an owl. THe image to the left the letters OINCE are visible below a honeycomb

Hallowe’en in Greenfield Village

Non-Member Tickets Go on Sale September 6!

Recycle Candy Wrappers at Leslie Science & Nature Center

Leslie Science & Nature Center offers several opportunities to drop-off your candy wrappers. You can drop off at the Main Office from 9a-2p on Mondays-Fridays. Or visit their Critter House Open Hours on Sundays in November from noon-3p to drop your wrappers in the bin.

Leslie Science & Nature Center

Leslie Science & Nature Center is an outdoor Ann Arbor treasure. Explore the Black Pond Woods trail in different season, visit the raptor enclosures any time, or check out their new nature playscape.

Animals in Ann Arbor - Turkey Vulture at LSNC

The Critter House is open during select days and events. Be sure to check our calendar for details.

Leslie Science & Nature Center hosts great events for all ages. Their marquis events include the annual Ann Arbor Earth Day Celebration, Monarch Migration Festival, and Animal Haunts. Throughout the year they also host additional events like hikes, campfires, and even a camping day.

Each summer they host Summer Camps plus they host camps on select days off from school.

At a Glance


Leslie Science and Nature Center, Traver Road, Ann Arbor, MI, USA


Year Round –





Post-Halloween Pumpkin Disposal & Candy Buy Backs/Donations

Of course, candy wrappers aren’t the only thing to get rid of after Halloween. Be sure to check out our list of Candy Buy-Backs and Pumpkin Disposal.

Ann Arbor Halloween Candy Buy Back & Pumpkin Disposal Programs

Collect Your Candy to Have Wrappers to Recycle

Of course before you have candy wrappers to recycle, you have to collect the candy. You can just buy it at the store, but trick or treating is so much more fun!

Pumpkin baskets getting candy


Jack O'Lantern

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