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Martha Lou Wheatley-Billeter, MPA
Public Works Information and Outreach Manager
Office: 509-477-7195

Halloween is over - Time to Recycle your Jack O'Lantern

Time to recycle your old Jack O'Lantern
Time to recycle your old Jack O'Lantern

SPOKANE COUNTY, November 3, 2017 – Has the Jack O’Lantern on your porch started to shrivel and is it perhaps…just a bit smelly? Did you know that nearly half if all U.S. households carve a Jack O’Lantern and most of them throw it away after Halloween! That’s a lot of unnecessary garbage!

The Spokane County Regional Solid Waste System has some suggestions for recycling “Jack”.
1. Leave it out and let the squirrels – or deer – devour it.
2. Chop it up (a shovel works just fine) and toss it into your compost bin.
3. If you have a worm bin, cut the pumpkin into smaller pieces and give it to the worms (they love it).
4. Chop it up and place it in the bottom of a new raised bed.
5. Bury it. If you’re not starting a new garden bed, you can dig a hole in an existing bed and place pieces of the pumpkin in the bottom. It’s an instant boost of nitrogen and organic matter!
6. Science experiment. If you have curious kids, just let the Jack O’Lantern sit in your yard for as long as you can stand it. Let them note all of the fun, gross things that happen to a pumpkin as it decays. If you think ahead and happen to set your Jack O’Lantern on top of your compost pile, you won’t have any slimy clean-up to do afterwards!
For more information about composting, go to: www.spokanecountysolidwaste.org or contact the WSU-Spokane County Master Gardeners and Composters at http://extension.wsu.edu/spokane/master-gardener-program/.  

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