City of Madison: Residents can compost Halloween pumpkins

Posted Monday, November 4, 2013 --- 10:58 a.m.

The City of Madison says residents can give their Halloween pumpkins new life as compost.

“Madison residents can compost their pumpkins in their back yard compost bins or place them at the curb for collection as part of our leaf and garden waste program,” Madison recycling coordinator George Dreckmann is quoted in a release. “Madison residents should place their pumpkins next to or on top of their leaf piles so they can be composted."

Residents should place their pumpkins at the curb along with their leaves for collection. Leaves should be placed in piles at the street edge for collection. Residents who must bag their leaves should place their pumpkins on the ground next to their bagged leaves.

In addition to collecting pumpkins, City of Madison crews will also collect other organic Halloween/Fall decorations such as cornstalks and straw as part of the leaf collection.

"Every fall we estimated that over 100 tons of pumpkins are discarded in Madison," Dreckmann said. "Putting your Jack-O-Lanterns out for leaf collection crews saves tax dollars and is great for the environment."

Residents can get complete information on fall leaf collection by clicking HERE or by calling 267-2088.

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