Oh, days of kittenhood. Love it!!! They are so full of mischief and fun! My suggestion would be like SCM's. Keep the garbage can as empty as you can. Maybe taking it and dumping it into your kitchen can. Leaving candy around is an open invitation for kitties to play with it. Having a kitten around is like having a toddler. You have to kitty/kiddy proof everything!! Just enjoy it. He should, with extra toys and play time with you, grow out of it soon.
Assumptions do nothing but make an ass out of u and me.
We can stick our heads in the sand for only so long before it starts choking us. Face it folks. The pet population is bad ALL OVER THE WORLD!