Elgin to Host Free Nov. 4 Pumpkin Composting (And Smashing!) Event

Elgin to Host Free Nov. 4 Pumpkin Composting (And Smashing!) Event

Not only can you compost your pumpkins, you can smash them yourself, if you like.

The city of Elgin will offer residents an opportunity to compost (and smash) their pumpkins with a collection event from 9 a.m. to noon (or until the collection container is full) Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, in the parking lot located on the southwest corner of Grove Avenue and Kimball Street in Elgin.

Elgin is among many communities participating in the free, one-day annual collection event. This is the second pumpkin collection event for Elgin.

Volunteers will be available to help transfer pumpkins from vehicles to the collection container.

“Participants also have the option to smash their pumpkins,” the city said in a Monday news release.

Only pumpkins will be accepted, and all decorations and candles must be removed.

The City of Elgin Sustainability Commission is hosting the event in cooperation with Waste Management, SCARCE (School & Community Assistance for Recycling & Composting Education) and Kane County Recycling. The event is part of a collaborative effort across communities to both keep pumpkins out of landfills and also educate residents on the benefits of composting.

According to SCARCE’s website, there are several reasons to keep pumpkins out of the landfill:

  • They are full of nutrients that are good for the soil.
  • They are 90 percent water.
  • Most of the pumpkins processed in the U.S. are grown in Illinois, so we keep the water and nutrients here.
  • Decomposing organics make landfills the third largest producers of methane.
  • Composting returns nutrients and water back to the earth.
pumpkin composting

The first pumpkin collection event in Elgin in 2016 collected 0.87 tons of pumpkins. (CREDIT: city of Elgin)

In 2014, Wheaton, Elmhurst and SCARCE hosted the first pumpkin recycling collections. The collection was a huge success that composted 9.31 tons of pumpkins and helped to improve composting laws in Illinois. The collection has since expanded to over 20 locations throughout the suburbs.

Not in Elgin? Find an event near you at scarce.org/pumpkins.

SOURCE: city of Elgin news release

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