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Posted on: September 25, 2019

2019 Pumpkin Smash

Halloween is approaching and that means a whole lot of pumpkins. The Pumpkin Smash is an annual community effort to divert pumpkins from landfills by providing locations for residents to drop-off jack-o-lanterns to be composted. This year the Village of Western Springs is working with SCARCE to host the first annual Pumpkin Smash. Don't let your waste haunt you! Come drop off your pumpkin at the Recreation Center parking lot on Saturday, November 2, from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. 

2019 Pumpkin Smash Flyer 

Why Compost?

Composting is nature's way of recycling organic materials. It is a process that allows organic matter to decompose and form compost- a nutrient-rich soil amendment. Composting organic materials provides many environmental benefits including: (1) reducing waste sent to landfills, (2) reducing greenhouse gas emissions, (3) reducing the amount of water in landfills, where it must be monitored to avoid groundwater contamination. 


Only pumpkins themselves can be composted. No plastic or metal of any kind. Keep pumpkin(s) contaminant-free. This means NO:

  • Candles
  • Stickers
  • Yarn
  • Googly eyes
  • Plastic ears 
  • Non-biodegradable material

Other Ways to Compost

If you have a yard and don't mind using it, simply put your pumpkin outside away from the house and allow it to decompose. Pumpkins are an easy first-try for backyard composting. If your pumpkin isn't carved, you can speed up the process by smashing it or cutting it apart. Squirrels and other animals will help you out and come spring your pumpkin will be gone! Learn more about composting by visiting the SCARCE website. 


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