1.7 billion pounds of pumpkins were grown in the US in 2018*, that’s around 6lbs of pumpkin per person.
The vast majority of pumpkins produced are not eaten. Last year, 148 million Americans planned to carve a pumpkin as part of their Halloween celebrations**.
We carve spooky faces into them and set them out on the porch with a candle inside. Then, after a few days, we throw them in the trash where they end up in landfills (talk about scary!) and release methane - contributing to global warming (talk about really scary!).
That’s a lot of waste going to landfills. Booooooo!!!!
Compost your Pumpkins!
Instead of throwing your pumpkin in the trash after Halloween, why not compost it instead!
Composting pumpkins (and other food waste!) reduces greenhouse gas emissions from landfills. The compost created also returns valuable nutrients to our soil.
Don’t have your own compost pile or curbside compost collection? Many cities and communities create drop off sites for pumpkin disposal after Halloween.
- SCARCE has developed an annual Pumpkin Smash event to divert pumpkins from landfills. Check to find a location near you.
- Check with your local representatives to find out about composting services or pumpkin collection events near you.
- Use the Compost Now map to find a composter near you
- Take a look at ShareWaste to find out if any of your neighbours would accept your pumpkin for composting.
Don’t have access to a composting program? Let your local leadership know you want one! We can work together to make composting accessible to all!
*US Department of Agriculture; Economic Research Service
*finder.com; US Census Bureau
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