What to do with pumpkins after Halloween
CASS COUNTY, Neb. (KLKN)-Many people use pumpkins as decorations for Halloween, and now that it is over you may be wondering what to do with them.
Keep Cass County Beautiful is a non-profit holding a pumpkin drop-off Tuesday, November 2nd at the Hy-Vee in Plattsmouth from 3 pm until 6 pm.
“The uncarved ones will be used to feed the animals at the wildlife safari park, and then the carved pumpkins are going to be used for compost at soil dynamics,” said Linda Behrns Executive Director Keep Cass County Beautiful.
Even if the pumpkin is starting to rot, those can still be used as compost. All they ask is for pumpkins to not have paint, glitter, or wax on them.
“People probably assume meantime their food waste goes to the landfill it safely breaks down into the dirt, I used to think that to landfill got into the industry. What I discovered is that our food waste in the landfill, because of the way landfills are made, oxygen can’t get to that food waste to break down and that’s really important. So in the meantime imagine a head of lettuce, for example, really flimsy, easy to break down. It can hang out in a landfill for 10 to 25 years,” said Brent Crampton with Soil Dynamics.
If you use real hay or corn stalks as decorations, they will also take those for compost as well.
This event is for Cass county residents. Check with your area compost center for drop-off times and information.