Smashing success at Naperville pumpkin collection event
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.