Don’t trash it — smash it!
Yes, you can “green your Halloween” from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 7, in Elgin.
The city of Elgin will offer residents an opportunity to compost their pumpkins — and squash — with a collection event from 9 a.m. to noon at the Hawthorne Hill Nature Center, 28 Brookside Drive, Elgin.
Elgin is among many communities participating in the free, one-day annual collection event. The event is hosted by the Elgin Sustainability Commission and SCARCE (School & Community Assistance for Recycling & Composting Education).
Volunteers will be available to help transfer pumpkins from vehicles to the collection container. Participants also have the option to smash their pumpkins. Pumpkins and other gourds will be accepted, and all decorations and candles must be removed.
Given that this event is held outdoors and can be conducted with minimal contact we do not expect to experience disruptions due to COVID-19. All participants are advised to wear a mask and maintain proper social distancing.
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% water.
- Most of the pumpkins processed in the U.S. are grown in Illinois – 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.