When Halloween has come and gone and your jack o’ lantern starts to look more sad than scary, remember, it can be reincarnated.
Instead of throwing “jack” into the garbage, consider composting your Halloween pumpkin.
“Pumpkins are rich in nitrogen, a necessary part of your composter’s diet,” says regional waste reduction facilitator Rae Stewart.
“Simply chop up your pumpkin into smaller pieces and toss it into your backyard composter with some fall leaves. It will break down nicely to become a nutrient rich soil amendment you can put on your garden or flower beds next spring.”
It is estimated that 25,000, or about nine tonnes of pumpkins will be disposed of this fall.
If you don’t compost, you can include your pumpkin in your next yard waste pick up.
Simply place your pumpkin in your yard waste cart with the green lid, and it will be picked up on your regular yard waste collection day. Check your Living Greener Calendar for yard waste pickup schedules in your area.
You can also take your pumpkin to Glenmore Landfill or the Westside Residential Waste Disposal facility free of charge, along with grass, leaves, pine needles, and pruning’s up to 20 centimeters (8 inches) in diameter. The free drop-off for yard waste up to 250 kilograms runs year round.