Pumpkin, Squash Recycling Event Set For Saturday, Nov. 7! – Kane County Connects

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Kane County, in conjunction with Pushing the Envelope Farm and Northern Illinois Food Bank, are offering a free pumpkin recycling event from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 7, in Geneva to help you reduce your seasonal holiday waste!

See the event flyer here!

Kane County Recycling Coordinator Jennifer Jarland says this is a great event for consumers and for the environment.

“Jack O’Lanterns, pumpkins and decorative squashes are highly compostable,” she said. “And it is a real shame to just send them to a landfill, when the nutrients they contain could instead be returned to soil that will grow more healthy food!”

This event will allow you to drop off pumpkins and gourds, but you can also drop off corn stalks, hay bales and any other organic material used for fall decor.

“It is very important to keep it contaminant-free; just like food scrap composting,” Jarland said. “In other words, only the squashes, pumpkins, and gourds themselves can be composted! We will not take any Jack O’Lanterns with any of the following items in or on them.”

Jarland is asking residents of Kane County to help spread the word.

“Tell your neighbors and friends to utilize this great service to get all those pumpkins composted instead of landfilled!” she said.

Pumpkin Composting Drop-Off

When: 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 7

Where: Pushing the Envelope Farm at 1700 Averill Road in Geneva

Will Take:

  • pumpkins (carved or whole)
  • decorative squashes and gourds
  • corn stalks
  • hay bales
  • any other organic materials used as fall décor

Will NOT Take:

  • candles
  • yarn hair
  • stickers
  • googly eyes
  • plastic ears
  • plastic of any kind
  • excessive amounts of paint

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