The Comox Strathcona waste management service is encouraging residents to do the right thing with their carved pumpkin after Halloween. Far too often, pumpkins are bagged, tossed and carted off to local landfills. However, there are some more environmentally-friendly options for where “Jack” can go on November 1st:
The CSWM compost education centre in Campbell River is hosting the eighth annual Pumpkin Smash in the parking lot of Strathcona Gardens recreation complex (225 South Dogwood Street) on Saturday, November 1 and Sunday, November 2 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. on both days.

This is a free fun-filled family event which keeps thousands of kilograms of pumpkin – which aren’t being turned into pies or muffins — out of our landfills. These smashed pumpkins will be turned into compost instead of becoming a ghoulish waste. Participants are reminded to remove all objects such as candles and tea lights from their pumpkins prior to smashing.

Koreen Gurak with the RD says there are some other ways that you can help keep jack-o’-lanterns out of the trash.

When organic material such as pumpkins end up in the landfill they do not break down as they would in a compost pile. They decompose anaerobically, without oxygen, and produce leachate and methane gas. Composting food waste is an easy way to cut down on greenhouse gas emissions.