Did you know that pumpkins are a fruit and are made of 90% water? After Halloween, when your pumpkin’s life on your front porch is over, don’t throw it in the garbage! Pumpkins (and other organic material like food scraps and yard waste) thrown in your garbage are sent to a landfill, where it decomposes without oxygen and produces methane gas-a greenhouse gas that is 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide!
Go Green Northfield, the Northfield Park District, and the Village of Northfield are partnering to compost those pumpkins instead! Pumpkins are full of nutrients that make great compost for someone’s garden. Drop your pumpkin off in the dumpster located in the parking lot of the Community Center (401 Wagner Road) November 1-15. Painted pumpkins will be accepted, but make sure to remove any non-organic decorations, such as candles and googly eyes!