If you throw the pumpkin in your garbage can, it will likely make its way to a landfill. To have a little more fun, you can nourish your soil by composting your pumpkin. If you already have a composting bin or area, you can add your pumpkin as you would other vegetable scraps. If you happened to be a Woodard Properties resident, you have access to FIVE convenient compost locations: 304 14th St. NW, 1110 Wertland St., 1982 Arlington Blvd., 423 North 1st St., and 762 King St.
If you’ve never composted before, a pumpkin is a simple way to start.
- For uncarved pumpkins, remove the insides for cooking (you can also compost the insides; composting the seeds may result in pumpkin plants next year).
- Remove any candles or wax.
- Find a spot in your yard for your pumpkin’s final resting spot. This should be out of the way of daily activity. A sunny spot will speed the composting process.