Recycle Your Jack-O-Lantern

November 4, 2019

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Halloween is behind us, which means it's time to stuff your wigs, fake cobwebs, and plastic skeletons back into the attic until next October. Getting rid of the Jack-O'-Lantern rotting on your stoop may be a more complex task. Instead of chucking it in the garbage can with the rest of your trash, consider recycling, upcycling, or responsibly disposing of old Halloween pumpkins and helping the environment while doing so. Your carved pumpkin is still a fruit, so unless you used bleach to clean or preserve it, set it out for the wildlife in your ecosystem to enjoy. Animals like porcupines, deer, and squirrels all enjoy munching on pumpkins. Just make sure you cut the squash into bite-sized pieces and don't scatter them too close to your house if you want to avoid attracting hungry animals to your garden. Pumpkins are biodegradable, which makes them great candidates for composting. Even if you don't have a dedicated compost pile, you can still dispose of old pumpkins naturally in your home garden. Just dig out space in the soil, add the pumpkin (either whole or chopped into piece to expedite decomposition), and bury it. Unless you want to see pumpkins growing in your garden next year, remove any extra seeds clinging to the inside before sticking it in the ground.

SOURCE: Mental Floss

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