More than 11 tons of pumpkins composted at Naperville event

Daily Herald report
Updated 11/8/2021 5:23 PM

More than 400 Naperville residents brought leftover Halloween pumpkins to the fifth annual Pumpkin Smash at the Ron Ory Community Garden Plots on Saturday, Nov. 6. They smashed the previous record of 14,529 pounds of pumpkins in 2020, bringing a total of 22,416 pounds of pumpkins this year to be composted into the garden soil.

Participants could either stay in their cars and let volunteers weigh and smash their pumpkins or get out and smash the pumpkins themselves after having them weighed.


The Naperville Park District event was one of more than 40 other pumpkin collections in the Chicago area coordinated by SCARCE, a local environmental organization. Composting pumpkins keeps waste out of the landfill, reduces greenhouse gas emissions and creates a natural fertilizer for our soil.

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