October 29, 2013 - 11:23 AM
After Halloween is over, instead of throwing your pumpkin in the garbage, you’re reminded to compost it instead.
“Just chop up your pumpkin into smaller pieces and toss it into your backyard composter with some fall leaves,” says Rae Stewart, Waste Reduction Facilitator with the Regional District.” “Pumpkins are rich in nitrogen, an important part of your composter’s diet. Plus, they break down nicely to help make that wonderful soil amender you can use in your garden or flower beds next spring.”
It’s estimated that over 25,000 or about nine tonnes of pumpkins will be disposed of this fall.*
That’s a lot of valuable compost waiting to happen!
If you don’t backyard compost, you can put your pumpkin in your yard waste cart for your next pickup on your regular yard waste collection day. Check your Living Greener Calendar, the My-Waste app, or regionaldistrict.com/recycle for yard waste pickup schedules in your area.
You can also take your pumpkin to the Glenmore Landfill or the Westside Residential Waste Disposal facility free of charge, along with grass, leaves, pine needles, fruit droppings and pruning’s up to 20 centimeters (8”) in diameter. There’s free year round drop-off for yard waste up to 250 kilograms.
For more info on composting or yard waste collection programs, visit regionaldistrict.com/recycle or call the Regional Waste Reduction Office at 250-469-6250.
(* Based on half the homeowners in the Central Okanagan having one small size jack ‘o-lantern.)
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