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Don’t Trash Your Halloween Pumpkins — Smash Them For Compost At Local Events

Composting your pumpkins is better for the environment than trashing them — and there are events around the city where you can smash them for compost.

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CHICAGO — People can smash their jack-o’-lanterns and help the environment during upcoming events.

The University of Illinois extension office is hosting pumpkin smash events where people can smash their pumpkins after Halloween and the remnants will be composted, according to a flier.

The events will run 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 6 at five locations:

  • Plant Chicago, 4459 S. Marshfield Ave.
  • Gary Comer Youth Center, 7200 S. Ingleside Ave.
  • Chicago Vocational Academy High School, 2100 E. 87th St.
  • Lake View High School, 4015 N. Ashland Ave.
  • Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences, 3857 W. 111th St.

Composting pumpkins after Halloween is better for the environment than throwing them out, as trashed pumpkins will go to a landfill where they’ll contribute to the production of methane, according to the extension office.

Participation is free. People who attend will learn about composting, can take part in activities and can enjoy refreshments.

People should wear face masks and practice social distancing at the event. People should remove candles, stickers, glitter, yarn and synthetic decorations from their pumpkins.

More information is available online.

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