Drop Off Your Pumpkins for Composting

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On Saturday, November 5, 2016 SCARCE coordinated a pumpkin collection from 9am to noon. Instead of throwing your pumpkins away and letting them end up in a landfill, drop them off to be composted!


Why not just throw pumpkins away?

  • They are full of nutrients that are good for the soil
  • They are 90% water
  • Most of the pumpkins processed in the US are grown in Illinois – keep the water and nutrients here!
  • Decomposing organics make landfills the 3rd largest producers of methane
  • Composting returns nutrients and water back to our earth

Do’s and Don’ts

Just remember that decorations like candles, yarn hair, stickers, google eyes, and plastic ears cannot be composted, just the pumpkins themselves. If you painted your pumpkin (for the Teal Pumpkin Project or otherwise) don’t worry – acrylic paint and washable paint is fine and compostable.

Find a location near you!

Addison – *10am-1pm*
Links & Tees
880 W. Lake St

Barrington *10am-2pm*
Station Middle School
215 S. Eastern Ave

Municipal Center Parking Lot
228 S. Main St

Bensenville – *Thurs Nov 3rd, 5-6pm*
Bensenville Park District
1000 W. Wood Ave

Carol Stream
Ross Ferraro Town Center
940 N. Gary Ave

Clarendon Hills/Westmont
Quincy St & Richmond Ave
(just east of Downers Grove Township Highway Dept)

Darien – Hinsdale South High School
Student Parking Lot
7401 S. Clarendon Hills Rd

Downers Grove North High School
Main Street Parking Lot
4436 Main St

Downers Grove South High School
Main Student Parking Lot
1436 Norfolk Ave

220 North Grove Avenue
*Elgin Residents only – proof required

Public Works
985 S. Riverside Drive

Levy Senior Center
300 Dodge Ave

Morton Civic Center
2100 Ridge Ave

Pushing the Envelope Farm
1700 Averill Rd

Northern Illinois Food Bank
273 Dearborn Court

Glen Ellyn
799 Roosevelt Rd, Building 2

Glen Ellyn
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church
393 N Main St

River Trail School Parking Lot
333 N O’Plaine Rd

Water Park East Parking Lot
100 Catalpa Street

La Grange Park
Public Works
937 Barnsdale Rd

Public Works Yard
4930 Lincoln Ave (Rt 53)

Lewis University – Parking Lot South of the main entrance
1 University Pkwy

555 W. Bryn Mawr
Activities 10am-12pm, drop off available all day

Villa Park
Village Hall Parking Lot
20 S. Ardmore Ave

Westmont – *10am-2pm*
The Farm
34 E. 63rd St

Carlton & Liberty Commuter Parking Lot

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