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What to do with Jack?

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An easy way to dispose of your Halloween pumpkin is to include it in your organics container for collection on November 7th. Or chop it up and put the pieces into your backyard composter to get nutrient-rich compost that you can use to grow next year’s pumpkins.

The Comox Strathcona Waste Management (CSWM) service is encouraging residents to do the right thing with their carved pumpkin after Halloween. When a pumpkin ends up in the landfill it does not break down as it would in a compost pile. The pumpkins decompose without oxygen, producing leachate and methane gas which is harmful to the environment. Composting food waste is an easy way to cut down on greenhouse gas emissions.

For more information on composting and other solid waste programs, visit

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