GENEVA – Kane County, in conjunction with Pushing the Envelope Farm and Northern Illinois Food Bank are offering a free pumpkin and squash recycling event from 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 7 at1700 Averill Road, Geneva, according to a news release.
“Jack O’Lanterns, pumpkins and decorative squashes are highly compostable and it is a real shame to just send them to a landfill,” Kane County Recycling Coordinator Jennifer Jarland stated in the release. “The nutrients they contain could instead be returned to soil that will grow more healthy food.”
Items to be accepted are pumpkins – carved or whole – decorative squashes and gourds, corn stalks hay bales and any other organic material used as fall decorations.
Those bringing pumpkins or squashes to be recycled should keep them contaminant-free, the release states.
In other words, only the squashes, pumpkins, and gourds themselves can be composted – nothing else.
Jack O’Lanterns with candles, yarn hair, stickers, googly eyes, plastic ears, plastic of any kind or excessive amounts of paint will not be accepted.