It’s time to compost those pumpkins! And maybe squash the squash.
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. 6, in Geneva to help you reduce your seasonal holiday waste!
See the event flyer here!
Jack-O’-Lanterns, pumpkins, decorative squashes. hay bales and cornstalks are highly compostable 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!
Scroll down for more information, but please note that Kane County will NOT take any Jack-O’-Lanterns with any of the following items in or on them: candle, yarn hair, stickers, glitter, googly eyes, plastic ears, plastic of any kind or excessive amounts of paint.
Because these materials will be composted straight into the soil of the farm, it is very important to keep it contaminant-free; just like food scrap composting. In other words, only the squashes, pumpkins, gourds, hay bales and cornstalks themselves can be accepted at this event!
Spread the word! Tell your neighbors and friends to utilize this great service to get all those pumpkins composted instead of landfilled!
Elgin and St. Charles are also holding Pumpkin composting events. Scroll down for more information.
Kane County Pumpkin Composting Drop-Off
When: 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021
Where: Pushing the Envelope Farm at 1700 Averill Road in Geneva
YES — We Will Take:
- pumpkins (carved or whole)
- decorative squashes and gourds
- corn stalks
- hay bales
- any other organic materials used as fall décor
NO — We Will NOT Take:
- yarn hair
- googly eyes
- plastic ears
- plastic of any kind
- excessive amounts of paint
SCARCE Pumpkin Smash Events
Click this link for more information on Nov. 6 pumpkin smash events hosted by SCARCE.