Are Candy Wrappers Recyclable?

 

Are candy wrapper recyclable? Well, it depends. There are so many different types of candy with an even great variety of candy wrappings. With all of this variety of candy wrappings, this question can be difficult to answer. So we have compiled a list of popular candies and their recycling capabilities. Now, sit back and enjoy.

Candy Wrappers and Their Recyclable Capability

Just to ensure that we are on the same page, let’s define some terms:

  • Mixed Plastic Wrapper: Means that the plastic has print or ink on it. This makes the wrapper un-recyclable.
  • Mixed Paper Wrapper: Mean that the paper is wax lining or ink on it. This makes the wrapper un-recyclable.
  • Mixed Aluminum Wrapper: Colored or altered, making it un-recyclable. 
Skittles:
  • Mixed Plastic Wrapper: Un-recyclable
  • Paper Wrapper: Recyclable 
Jolly Rancher:
  • Mixed Plastic Wrapper: Un-recyclable
Milk Duds:
  • Plastic Wrapper: Recyclable
  • Paper Wrapper: Un-recyclable 
Baby Ruth:
  • Mixed Plastic Wrapper: Un-recyclable
Starburst:
  • Mixed Plastic Wrapper: Un-recyclable
  • Paper Wrapper: Recyclable
  • Aluminum Wrapper: Non-Recyclable 
SweetTarts:
  • Mixed Plastic Wrapper: Un-recyclable
Bit o Honey:
  • Mixed Plastic Wrapper: Un-recyclable
Werther’s Original:
  • Mixed Plastic Wrapper: Un-recyclable
Riesen:
  • Mixed Plastic Wrapper: Un-recyclable
Pop Rocks:
  • Mixed Plastic Wrapper: Un-recyclable
Nestle Crunch Bar:
  • Mixed Plastic Wrapper: Un-recyclable
Jawbreakers:
  • Mixed Plastic Wrapper: Un-recyclable
Twizzlers:
  • Mixed Plastic Wrapper: Un-recyclable
  • Paper Wrapper: Recyclable
Toblerone:
  • Paper Wrapper: Recyclable
  • Mixed Plastic Wrapper: Un-recyclable
Smarties:
  • Mixed Plastic Wrapper: Un-recyclable
Mr. Goodbar:
  • Mixed Plastic Wrapper: Un-recyclable
  • Mixed Paper Wrapper: Un-recyclable 
Pez Candy Dispenser:
  • Mixed Paper Wrapper: Un-recyclable
  • Plastic Container: Un-recyclable
Blow Pops:
  • Mixed Plastic Wrapper: Un-recyclable
Almond Joy:
  • Mixed Plastic Wrapper: Un-recyclable
Sour Patch Kids:
  • Mixed Plastic Wrapper: Un-recyclable
Atomic Fireball:
  • Mixed Plastic Wrapper: Un-recyclable
  • Plastic Container: Recyclable
Payday:
  • Mixed Plastic Wrapper: Un-recyclable
Reese’s Pieces:
  • Mixed Plastic Wrapper: Un-recyclable
  • Paper Wrapper: Recyclable 
Junior Mints:
  • Paper Container: Recyclable
Milky Way:
  • Mixed Plastic Wrapper: Un-recyclable
Cadbury Egg:
  • Mixed Aluminum Wrapper: Un-recyclable
Tootsie Pop:
  • Mixed Paper: Un-recyclable 
York Peppermint Patties:
  • Mixed Plastic Wrapper: Un-recyclable
Three Musketeers:
  • Mixed Plastic Wrapper: Un-recyclable
Twix:
  • Mixed Plastic Wrapper: Un-recyclable
Kit Kat:
  • Mixed Plastic Wrapper: Un-recyclable
M&Ms:
  • Mixed Plastic Wrapper: Un-recyclable
  • Paper Container: Recyclable 
Snickers:
  • Mixed Plastic Wrapper: Un-recyclable
Air Heads:
  • Mixed Plastic Wrapper: Un-recyclable
Andes Mints:
  • Mixed Aluminum: Un-recyclable
  • Plastic Wrapper: Recyclable
  • Paper Container: Recyclable
Boston Baked Beans:
  • Paper Wrapper with plastic removed: Recyclable
Hubba Bubba:
  • Mixed Aluminum: Un-recyclable
Charleston Chew:
  • Mixed Aluminum: Un-recyclable
Dots:
  • Mixed Paper: Un-recyclable 
Chick-o-Stick:
  • Mixed Plastic: Un-recyclable 
Gobstopper:
  • Mixed Paper: Un-recyclable 
Whatchamacallit:
  • Mixed Plastic Wrapper: Un-recyclable
Fruit Gushers:
  • Mixed Plastic Wrapper: Un-recyclable
  • Mixed Aluminum Wrapper: Un-recyclable
Fun Dip:
  • Mixed Plastic Wrapper: Un-recyclable
Hot Tamales:
  • Mixed Paper Wrapper: Un-recyclable 
Goo Goo Cluster:
  • Mixed Plastic Wrapper: Un-recyclable
Jujyfruits:
  • Mixed Paper Wrapper: Un-recyclable
Mounds:
  • Mixed Plastic Wrapper: Un-recyclable
Lemonhead:
  • Mixed Paper Wrapper: Un-recyclable
  • Mixed Plastic Wrapper: Un-recyclable
Nerds:
  • Mixed Plastic Wrapper: Un-recyclable
  • Mixed Paper Wrapper: Un-recyclable
Cherry Sours:
  • Plastic: Recyclable
Laffy Taffy:
  • Mixed Plastic Wrapper: Un-recyclable
100 Grand Bar:
  • Mixed Plastic Wrapper: Un-recyclable
Orange Slices:
  • Mixed Plastic Wrapper: Un-recyclable
Razzles:
  • Mixed Plastic Wrapper: Un-recyclable
Slo Poke:
  • Mixed Plastic Wrapper: Un-recyclable
Ring Pop:
  • Mixed Plastic Wrapper: Un-recyclable
  • Plastic Ring: Recyclable
Skybar:
  • Mixed Plastic Wrapper: Un-recyclable
Rolo:
  • Mixed Aluminum Wrapper: Un-recyclable
Red Hots:
  • Mixed Paper Wrapper: Un-recyclable
Warheads:
  • Mixed Plastic Wrapper: Un-recyclable
Sno-Caps:
  • Mixed Paper Wrapper: Un-recyclable
Spree:
  • Mixed Aluminum Wrapper: Un-recyclable
Oh Henry:
  • Mixed Plastic Wrapper: Un-recyclable
Whoppers:
  • Mixed Paper Wrapper: Un-recyclable
Swedish Fish:
  • Mixed Plastic Wrapper: Un-recyclable
Valomilk:
  • Mixed Plastic Wrapper: Un-recyclable
Butterfinger:
  • Mixed Plastic Wrapper: Un-recyclable
Lifesavers:
  • Mixed Plastic Wrapper: Un-recyclable
  • Mixed Paper Wrapper: Un-recyclable
5th Avenue Candy Bar:
  • Mixed Plastic Wrapper: Un-recyclable
Clark Bar:
  • Mixed Plastic Wrapper: Un-recyclable
Rocky Road Candy Bar:
  • Mixed Plastic Wrapper: Un-recyclable
Mike and Ike:
  • Mixed Plastic Wrapper: Un-recyclable
  • Mixed Paper Wrapper: Un-recyclable
Heath:
  • Mixed Plastic Wrapper: Un-recyclable
Skor:
  • Mixed Plastic Wrapper: Un-recyclable
Sugar Babies:
  • Mixed Paper Wrapper: Un-recyclable
Wunderbar:
  • Mixed Plastic Wrapper: Un-recyclable
Mamba:
  • Mixed Plastic Wrapper: Un-recyclable
Raisinets:
  • Mixed Plastic Wrapper: Un-recyclable
Goobers:
  • Mixed Paper Wrapper: Un-recyclable
Bun:
  • Mixed Plastic Wrapper: Un-recyclable
Zero Candy Bar:
  • Mixed Plastic Wrapper: Un-recyclable
Mars Bar:
  • Mixed Plastic Wrapper: Un-recyclable
Now and Later:
  • Mixed Paper Wrapper: Un-recyclable
Take 5:
  • Mixed Plastic Wrapper: Un-recyclable
Caramello:
  • Mixed Plastic Wrapper: Un-recyclable
Dove Chocolate Candy Bar:
  • Mixed Plastic Wrapper: Un-recyclable

Alternative Uses For Candy Wrappers

Thanks to our friends over at Crafting a Green World, we have a list of 20 fun crafts you can use your candy wrappers on.

Belt: 

Turn candy wrappers into a wearable accessory with this candy wrapper belt tutorial.

Bookmarks: 

This tutorial uses candy boxes (think Milk Duds), but would work with bagged candy, as well.

Bucket:

A bucket decoupaged with candy wrappers (especially vintage ones) makes an awesome Halloween decoration or a great treat holder.

Coin Purse:

A candy wrapper coin purse. This project is great for a kid or teen because there’s only a little hand-sewing required.

Earrings: 

covered button earring. You can even use a covered button kit for these, and then use the linked tutorial to turn your covered buttons into earrings.

Doll Dress:

Use this technique and your own pattern to make candy wrapper doll dresses.

Flowers:  

These candy wrapper flowers look cute in a bouquet or as hair bows.

Gum Wrapper Chain:

A gum wrapper chain would make a really cool bunting across a kid’s room.

Hair Bow:

This hair bow tutorial will work on any mylar wrapper, including trading cards.

Origami:

Here are LOADS of tutorials for making origami from candy wrappers.

Phone Case:

All you need is a clear case to start with, and you can swap out your favorite wrappers indefinitely.

Purse: 

This purse tutorial uses potato chip bags, but any wrappers of similar material will also work.

Candy Wrapper Pouch:

This sewn candy wrapper pouch project is similar to the candy wrapper coin purse, above, but with more engineering and sewn components that give it a finished look. If you like to sew, this is the pouch for you!

Bracelet:

Starburst wrapper bracelet. You know you did this back in junior high. Wear it again with this tutorial.

Conclusion

The real question that you should ask yourself is how many of the candies listed above have you actually had. As you can see, there are not very many candy wrappers that can actually be recycled. Therefore, it is important to be aware of what you are buying and where that wrapper will end up. So next time you are at the check out line and are contemplating buying that candy bar, ask yourself, “what will happen to this wrapper?” If we all pitch in, a difference will be made and noticed.

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Tyler Farr
 

Tyler is an energetic nature enthusiast who is currently considering moving into a tiny house. Tyler and his wife enjoy hiking, mountain biking, camping, and doing anything in the great outdoors. He hopes that the articles he writes will help others learn how important it is to take care of the environment.

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