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Trick or Trash – Candy Wrapper Recycling in Ann Arbor

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.

Rubicon Trick or Trash

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.

Locally Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum and Leslie Science and Nature Center are participating in the Rubicon Trick or Trash recycling program and will have candy wrapper recycling boxes available,

Tips for Candy Wrapper Recycling in 2023

AAHOM and LSNC first joined the program recycling in 2022 and my family participated. Last year we used a plastic bag to collect the wrappers (don’t worry we recycled it).

This year I think I’m going to use a plastic container to sit next to the trash cans. The proximity to the trash will help everyone remember to recycle their wrapper.

Recycle Candy Wrappers at Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum

The Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum will have a drop-box for wrappers in their lobby that can be accessed while the museum is open – 10a-5p on Tuesdays-Sundays. for the next two weeks. 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.

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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.

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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

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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 9:30a-4p on Mondays-Fridays until November 10.

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 –





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