What to do with pumpkins
After Halloween celebrations are over, dispose of your pumpkins and organic fall decorations properly: get rid of pumpkins by putting them in your yard waste, and not the trash. First remove non-organic decorations like candles, and then place pumpkins in your yard waste bin. Remember that full yard waste bags and containers cannot weigh over 40 pounds.
Why pumpkins don't belong in the trash
When a pumpkin gets tossed in the garbage it winds up in the landfill. There, it rots and emits methane gas, a greenhouse gas.
Other uses for leftover pumpkins
Turn that ghastly gourd into something good: compost. Pumpkins are 90% water and decompose easily, so they're an ideal addition toward a nutrient-rich compost mix.
For more information about what can go in your yard waste bin, contact the Coralville Streets and Solid Waste Department at 319.248.1740 or visit www.coralville.org/yardwaste.