SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — Halloween has passed and now many of us are wondering: what is the best way to discard of our jack-o-lanterns and various pumpkins? The City of Albany shared some information on the matter.
“Make sure to place your Halloween Jack-O’-Lanterns in the green organics/compost cart so that they can become nutrient-rich compost, and be diverted from the landfill,” the tweet from Albany said.
Donating pumpkins to a local zoo, farm or garden is a great way to get a second life out of the gourds, according to scientists. Another alternative is leaving pumpkins in your backyard for local wildlife to enjoy.
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Scientists say that even moldy pumpkins can be placed outside or into the compost. The micro-organisms present in mold can even help speed up the composting process.