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Posted on: November 5, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Composting: What to do With Pumpkins After Halloween

With Halloween behind us, many will be looking for how to deal with that soggy jack-o-lantern. 

King County officials are urging you to please put those past-their-prime pumpkins in the compost or yard-waste bin.

The average household in King County throws away about 9 pounds of food scraps every week, and that’s not all making its way into composting containers. About 30 percent of the residential waste that goes into landfills is material that can be composted, according to county data.

There’s just one caveat: A little candle wax is fine but if you like to decorate your jack-o-lanterns with glitter, paint or markers, you’d better just throw it in the trash.

Learn more here.

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