Turn your old pumpkin into compost at CLC event

  • Pumpkins will be accepted for composting from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Nov. 7, at the College of Lake County Grayslake Campus.

    Pumpkins will be accepted for composting from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Nov. 7, at the College of Lake County Grayslake Campus. Courtesy of the College of Lake County

 
 
Updated 11/3/2020 2:05 PM

Just in time for carved Halloween pumpkins to start getting scary smelly, College of Lake County is collecting pumpkins in a safe and socially-distanced drive-through event at the Grayslake campus.

Bring any size and variety of pumpkin from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 7. The college is collecting them for compost at the Campus Farm. Drop off is at Lancer Lane and University Center Drive.

 

Campus sustainability manager David Husemoller says, "It's the best thing to do besides eating it."

Here are some other reasons to recycle your jack-o'-lanterns:

• Composting returns vital nutrients to the soils as natural fertilizer.

• Composting reduces methane gas creation at landfills. Methane is contributing to changing climate; it is a greenhouse gas.

• Composting makes food more delicious by enriching soil naturally.

• Composting reduces harmful runoff from pesticides and herbicides because you don't need to use as much.

In past years, more than 6 tons of pumpkins have been collected at the CLC event, diverting the waste from landfills and the nutrients back into food through the farm.

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