Pumpkins Shouldn't Go To Waste

Monday, November 2, 2009 - 9:31am

Put Your Pumpkins With Your Leaves Not In The Trash

Now that the tricks and treats of Halloween have past, it is time to find a new use for your holiday decorations.

"The Great Pumpkin has come and gone and he has left orange detritus all over Madison," Madison Recycling Coordinator George Dreckmann said. "I was shocked to see how many pumpkins were scattered all over our fair city this Halloween. Don't toss your Jack-O-Lanterns in your tan refuse cart. Madison residents should place their pumpkins next to or on top of their leaf piles so they can be composted."

City of Madison 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 at http://www.cityofmadison.com/streets or by calling 267-2088.

  • George Dreckmann, 267-2626