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What to do with Jack?

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The Comox Strathcona waste management (CSWM) service is encouraging residents to do the right thing with their carved pumpkin after Halloween. Far too often, pumpkins are bagged, tossed and carted off to local landfills. However, there are some more environmentally-friendly options for where “Jack” can go on November 1st:

For residents living in the Village of Cumberland, cut up your pumpkin and put it out for pick-up in the organics curbside collection program. Or chop them up into thumb-sized pieces and put the pieces into a backyard composter. Or put pieces of pumpkin in a vermicompost bin – a kitchen-based worm bin. This way you will get nutrient-rich compost that you can use to grow next year’s pumpkins.

When organic material such as pumpkins end up in the landfill they do not break down as they would in a compost pile. They decompose anaerobically, without oxygen, and produce leachate and methane gas. 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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