Recycle your jack-o’-lantern
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.