Suburb Offering Pumpkin Recycling Following Halloween Season

Bernie Tafoya
October 22, 2018 - 1:40 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The village of Mt. Prospect is offering area residents a convenient way to deal with rotting pumpkins after Halloween: through recycling.

The village of Mt. Prospect is staging its 2nd annual pumpkin recycling event on Nov. 3 at the Public Works Facility on Central Road.

Pumpkins collected will be carted off to Organix Recycling to be turned into compost and sold as fertilizer.

Kristina Jakupovic is the administrative superintendent for the village’s public works department and said the program is good for the environment and for taxpayers. She said, "the less waste we take to the landfill, the less we pay for."

Jakupovic believes bad weather hurt last year’s effort.

"Last year, we didn’t collect that much but it was a little over a ton. We’re hoping that this year the number will be higher," she said.

Jakupovic adds, "it’s another way of taking pumpkins away from going to the landfills. A lot of people just put them in the garbage and instead of doing that, we taking away stuff that could be composted."

She said clean pumpkins of any size and those decorated with acrylic paint are acceptable.

In addition, Jakupovic said, residents who are not able to take their pumpkins to the recycling event can place them in their Organix Recycling bin and put it out for when the recycling truck comes around.

Mt. Prospect said residents of any village that's part of the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County may take part in the pumpkin recycling program.