Evanston residents can keep their Halloween pumpkins out of the landfill by participating the the city’s 4th annual “It’s the Great Pumpkin Compost” collection event from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Nov. 2, in the Civic Center parking lot.

The free “drive-up, drop-off” event provides residents without a food and yard waste cart an opportunity to have their pumpkins composted.

Plain, clean pumpkins of any size will be accepted, as well as pumpkins painted with acrylic paint. Pumpkins contaminated with candle wax, stickers, or decorations of any type will not be accepted. No other organic material may be dropped off.

To drop off pumpkins at the collection event, enter the Civic Center parking lot at the corner of Asbury Avenue and Simpson Street. The north parking lot entrance off of Leonard Place will be blocked.

Food waste, including plain, clean pumpkins, can also “ride along” in yard waste carts with grass clippings and leaves. Residents can also sign up for year-round food scrap composting through the City’s exclusive hauler, Collective Resource.

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