Re­cy­cle your jack-o’-lantern

The Daily Courier - - CITY -

Jack-o’-lanterns will be shin­ing bright tonight, but to­mor­row, in­stead of throw­ing them in the garbage, the re­gional dis­trict is en­cour­ag­ing a greener ap­proach.

“Pump­kins are high in ni­tro­gen, an ex­cel­lent ma­te­rial to add to your back­yard com­post bin,” said Rae Ste­wart, waste re­duc­tion fa­cil­i­ta­tor with the re­gional waste re­duc­tion of­fice. “If you chop your pump­kin into small pieces and toss it into your back­yard com­poster with some fall leaves, it will break down that much faster. Next spring, you’ll have a great, nu­tri­ent-rich soil to add to your flower beds or veg­gie patch.”

Peo­ple who don’t com­post can put old pump­kins into the yard waste bin for pickup.

For yard waste pickup sched­ules, go on­line to re­gionald­is­trict.com/re­cy­cle or call 250-469-6250.

Yard waste pickup ends for the year on Nov. 30.

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