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Disposing of pumpkins in an eco-friendly way


Once Halloween is over, find eco-friendly ways to dispose of your Jack-o-Lantern
Once Halloween is over, find eco-friendly ways to dispose of your Jack-o-Lantern

Andrea Stockton, staff writer

November 1, 2011 — Now that Halloween is over, what happens to all of the perfectly carved pumpkins? Metro Vancouver offers tips on disposing of them in an environmentally friendly way.

What will you do with your pumpkin after Halloween?
What will you do with your pumpkin after Halloween?

Pumpkins come alive on October 31, but once all of the Halloween magic is over, what happens to your favourite Jack-o-Lantern?

More often than not, pumpkins are bagged, tossed and eventually end up in the landfill leaving local disposal systems overwhelmed with the weight.

As part of Metro Vancouver's Zero Waste Challenge, residents are urged to find alternative ways to dispose of their pumpkin after Halloween.

Here are some tips that the region offers:

  • Eat it: Pumpkins are not only edible, but high in fibre and antioxidants as well. People can use different pumpkin recipes to put the melon to use after Halloween.
  • Compost it: Pumpkins can be chopped and mixed with yard trimmings to create a nutrient-rich compost. That compost can be used to grow next year's perfect pumpkin.
  • Bury it: Pumpkins can be chopped into small pieces and buried in a shallow trench in a vegetable or flower garden.
  • Haul it to the curb: Some yard waste collection programs will take the pumpkins in the yard waste bin.

With files from Metro Vancouver

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