• Elgin To Host Pumpkin Composting Event On November 7



    Elgin To Host Pumpkin Composting Event On November 7

    Saturday, November 7

    9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

    Hawthorne Hill Nature Center

    28 Brookside Drive, Elgin, IL 60123

    Elgin, IL- The City of Elgin will offer residents an opportunity to compost their pumpkins with a collection event on Saturday, November 7, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the parking lot of Hawthorne Hill Nature Center, located at 28 Brookside Drive in Elgin.
    Elgin is among many communities participating in the free, one-day annual collection event. This is the fifth pumpkin collection event for Elgin. Each year, the Elgin Sustainability Commission has sponsored the event to help educate attendees on the value of composting and provide a means to keep pumpkins out of the landfill.

    "This event is a great opportunity to divert a lot of organic waste from the landfill," said Elgin Sustainability Commission Chair Tom Armstrong. "It is also a great way to share information on composting and how every little bit we do to reduce waste as part of our everyday habits helps the environment."

    Masks are required at the event. Participants can simply drive up, pop their trunks, and volunteers will unload the pumpkins. Participants also have the option to park and smash their pumpkins into the collection container. Pumpkins and other gourds will be accepted, however all decorations and candles must be removed.

    Elgin has experienced great participation levels to date, with tons of pumpkins collected as follows:
    • 3.54 tons in 2019
    • 3.72 tons in 2018
    • 2.96 tons in 2017
    • 0.87 tons in 2016
    The City of Elgin Sustainability Commission is hosting the event in cooperation with Waste Management, SCARCE (School & Community Assistance for Recycling & Composting Education) and Kane County Recycling. The event is part of a collaborative effort across communities to both keep pumpkins out of landfills and also educate residents on the benefits of composting.
    According to SCARCE’s website, there are several reasons to keep pumpkins out of the landfill.
    • 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 third largest producers of methane
    • Composting returns nutrients and water back to the earth
    Event updates will be posted on the Pumpkin Composting Event Facebook page. For more information on this event, contact Elgin Sustainability Commission Liaison Jan Monell at 847-531-7012.