Where you can recycle your Halloween pumpkins



Halloween will soon be over and before you know, those old jack-o’-lanterns will be gone. But before you toss them in the trash, think about composting the pumpkins instead. And to make it easier on you and the family, these Chicagoland locations will recycle your pumpkins.


Pumpkin Smash (SCARCE)


When: Nov. 2


Where: Various locations in city and suburbs


Looking for a quick way to recycle your pumpkin? The SCARCE website provides a great list of pumpkin collection sites where you can easily drop off your pumpkin for compost. Remember to remove any candles or decorations before heading to the site.


Catapult a Pumpkin


When: Nov. 2, 9 a.m.-noon


Where: Lewis University (Parking Lot South of the main entrance), 1 University Parkway, Romeoville


Learn from the physics students at Lewis University on how to make your pumpkins fly from a catapult. If you need to shred any papers or get rid of electronics, they will also be recycling those too.


Pumpkin Smash & Bash


When: Nov. 2, 12:30-1:30 p.m.


Where: Centennial Park, 1515 W. Touhy Ave, Park Ridge


Roll your pumpkin down the sled hill at Centennial Park! From there, bash them and launch them into the compost pile. This event is free, but registration is required.


Pumpkin Smash and Bash


When: Nov. 2, 1-2 p.m.


Where: Flick Park, 3600 Glenview Road, Glenview


Bring your carved pumpkins to Flick Park Sled Hill for a fun rolling competition. Learn how to smash pumpkins into compost, which will help nourish plants in the spring.


Great Pumpkin Smash


When: Nov. 2, 4-5 p.m.


Where: Barrie Park, 1011 S. Lombard Ave., Oak Park


This night event starts at the top of Barrie Hill as you push your pumpkin down to smithereens. Free and open to the public (no need for registration).


Smashing Pumpkins


When: Nov. 3, 1-4 p.m.


Where: Discovery Center Museum, 711 N. Main St., Rockford


Discovery Center Museum knows how to make recycling fun! Enjoy a variety of autumn activities and smashing experience including creating your own catapult and using your pumpkin as target practice. Event cost included with museum admission.


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This article originally published in October 2018. It has been updated with the most recent information.


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