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Posted on: October 7, 2019

What to Do with Old Pumpkins

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After Halloween celebrations and fall festivities are over, dispose of your pumpkins and organic fall decorations properly: get rid of pumpkins by putting them in your yard waste, and not the trash. 

First, remove non-organic decorations like candles. Then, place pumpkins in your yard waste bin. Remember that full yard waste bags and containers cannot weigh over 40 pounds.  

Why don't pumpkins belong in the trash? When a pumpkin gets tossed in the garbage it winds up in the landfill. There, it rots and emits methane gas, a greenhouse gas.

What else can I do with leftover pumpkins? Turn that ghastly gourd into something good: compost. Pumpkins are 90% water and decompose easily, so they're an ideal addition toward a nutrient-rich compost mix.

For more information about what can go in your yard waste bin, contact the Coralville Streets and Solid Waste Department at 319.248.1740 or visit www.coralville.org/yardwaste.

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