Smashing success at Naperville pumpkin collection event

  • Sara Kinsella, 12, of Woodridge prepares to smash a pumpkin Saturday at Pumpkin Smash 2018, at the Ron Ory Community Garden Plots in Naperville. The event was a chance to dispose of Halloween pumpkins in a way that keeps them out of the landfill, reduces greenhouse gas emissions and creates a natural fertilizer for the gardens.

      Sara Kinsella, 12, of Woodridge prepares to smash a pumpkin Saturday at Pumpkin Smash 2018, at the Ron Ory Community Garden Plots in Naperville. The event was a chance to dispose of Halloween pumpkins in a way that keeps them out of the landfill, reduces greenhouse gas emissions and creates a natural fertilizer for the gardens. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Organizers of Pumpkin Smash 2018 in Naperville said it took only an hour Saturday to exceed the 1,000 pounds of pumpkins collected for composting at last year's inaugural event. The pumpkins collected Saturday were smashed into the soil at the Ron Ory Community Garden Plots.

      Organizers of Pumpkin Smash 2018 in Naperville said it took only an hour Saturday to exceed the 1,000 pounds of pumpkins collected for composting at last year's inaugural event. The pumpkins collected Saturday were smashed into the soil at the Ron Ory Community Garden Plots. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Residents dropped off hundreds of pumpkins Saturday during Pumpkin Smash 2018 at the Ron Ory Community Garden Plots in Naperville.

      Residents dropped off hundreds of pumpkins Saturday during Pumpkin Smash 2018 at the Ron Ory Community Garden Plots in Naperville. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

 
Daily Herald report
Updated 11/3/2018 4:43 PM

It only took an hour Saturday for organizers of Pumpkin Smash 2018 in Naperville to exceed last year's totals when it came to pumpkins being dropped off for composting at the at the Ron Ory Community Garden Plots.

The Naperville Park District teamed with SCARCE (School & Community Assistance for Recycling and Composting) for the second annual event, which gives residents a chance to dispose of their Halloween pumpkins in a way that keeps them out of the landfill, reduces greenhouse gas emissions and creates a natural fertilizer for the gardens.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Pumpkins dropped off Saturday were weighed, counted and then smashed into the soil. More than 1,000 pounds of pumpkins were composted at last year's inaugural Pumpkin Smash.

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