Keep Your Pumpkin Out of the Landfill

Day 304 – Every year, more than 1 billion pounds of pumpkin get tossed out and left to rot in America’s landfills. As mentioned in yesterday’s post that waste releases methane gas which contributes to greenhouse gases. You can keep that pumpkin out of the landfill and help the planet, all by attending a Pumpkin Smash event. On November 6th from 9am-12pm (at all locations) you can compost your pumpkin at one of several locations in the Chicago area. 

Find a location near you!

  1. SCARCE – 800 S. Rohlwing Rd. (Rt. 53) Unit D, Addison IL 60101
  2. Itasca Public Works – 411 N. Prospect Ave., Itasca, Illinois 60143
  3. Villa Park Village Hall (back)20 S. Ardmore, Villa Park, Illinois 60181
  4. Lombard Common (East Parking Lot) – 433 E St Charles Rd., Lombard, Illinois 60148
  5. Bensenville – Village Hall Parking Lot – 12 S. Center St., Bensenville, Illinois 60106
  6. Elmhurst – Public Works Facility – 985 S Riverside Dr., Elmhurst, Illinois 60126
  7. Glen Ellyn – St. Mark’s Church Hillside Parking Lot – 393 N. Main St.(Hillside parking lot east of Main St.), Glen Ellyn, Illinois 60137
  8. Village Green Park: Garden Plots Glen Ellyn – 130 S. Lambert Road, Glen Ellyn, Illinois 60137
  9. Westchester Community Church – 10201 Bond Street, Westchester, Illinois 60154
  10. Carol Stream – Water Reclamation Center – 245 Kuhn Rd., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188
  11. Wheaton – Commuter Parking Lot #9 – Corner of W Liberty Dr. & Carlton Ave., Wheaton, Illinois 60187
  12. Westmont Public Library – 428 N. Cass Ave., Westmont, Illinois 60559
  13. La Grange Park Public Works – 937 Barnsdale Road, La Grange Park, Illinois 60526
  14. Roosevelt Middle School River Forest – 7560 Oak Avenue, River Forest, Illinois 60305
  15. Park Ridge Public Works – 400 Busse Hwy, Park Ridge, Illinois 60068
  16. Lisle Village Hall – Commuter Lot C – 925 Burlington Avenue, Lisle, Illinois 60540
  17. Western Springs – St. John of the Cross Catholic Church – 5005 Wolf Road, Western Springs, Illinois 60558
  18. Bartlett METRA Parking Lot (Near Water Tower) – E Bartlett Avenue, Bartlett, Illinois 60103
  19. First United Methodist Church of West Chicago – 643 E. Washington St., (West side of Parking Lot along Washington St., Driveway Entrance Eastside along Washington St.), West Chicago, Illinois 60185
  20. Downers Grove South High School – 1436 Norfolk Avenue, Downers Grove, Illinois 60195
  21. Hoffman Estates Public Works – 2305 Pembroke Avenue, Hoffman Estates, Illinois 60169
  22. Warrenville Park District (Lower Level Parking Lot) – 3S260 Warren Ave., Warrenville, Illinois 60185
  23. Hinsdale South High School – 7401 Clarendon Hill Road, Darien, Illinois 60561
  24. Naperville – Camp Greene Wood – 3155 71st Street, Naperville, Illinois 60540
  25. Morton Grove – North End of Harrer Park – 6200 Lake Street, Morton Grove, Illinois 60053
  26. Skokie Farmers Market – Oakton Street and Floral Avenue, Skokie, Illinois 60077
  27. Naperville – Ron Ory Community Garden Plots – 811 S. West St., Naperville, Illinois 60540
  28. Geneva – Pushing the Envelope Farm – 1700 Averill Road, Geneva, Illinois 60134
  29. Chicago – Guild Row – 3130 N Rockwell St., Chicago, Illinois 60618
  30. St. Charles Public Works Parking Lot – 1405 S. 7th Ave., St. Charles, Illinois 60174
  31. Wilmette Village Hall & Centennial Park – 1200 Wilmette Ave & 2300 Old Glenview Rd., Wilmette, Illinois 60091
  32. Wilmette – Centennial Recreation Complex & Gardens – 2300 Old Glenview Rd., Wilmette, Illinois 60091
  33. Lake View High School Parking Lot – 4015 N. Ashland Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60613
  34. Fire Station Engine 70 (Parking Lot) – 6040 N. Clark Street, Chicago, Illinois 60660
  35. Elgin – Parking lot at southwest corner of N Grove Avenue & Kimball Street – 250 N. Grove Ave., Elgin, Illinois 60120
  36. Chicago – Solorio Academy High School – 5400 S. St. Louis, Chicago, Illinois 60632
  37. Lorraine Morton Civic Center (Evanston) – 2100 Ridge Ave., Evanston, Illinois 60201
  38. Aurora – Meadowlakes Park – Birchdale Lane & Meadowbrook Drive, Aurora, Illinois 60504
  39. Glencoe Community Garden – 380 Old Green Bay Road, Glencoe, Illinois 60022
  40. Plant Chicago – 4459 S. Marshfield Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60609
  41. Elgin – Hawthorne Hill Nature Center – 28 Brookside Dr., Elgin, Illinois 60123
  42. Lake Barrington – Prairieland Disposal & Recycling – 21988 N. Pepper Road, Lake Barrington, Illinois 60010
  43. Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences Parking Lot – 3857 W. 111th Street, Chicago, Illinois 60655
  44. Vernon Hills Park District – Maintenance Building – 1400 Indianwood Drive, Vernon Hills, Illinois 60061
  45. Gary Comer Youth Center – The Urban Farm – 7200 S. Ingleside Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60619
  46. Romeoville – Lewis University – 1 University Parkway, Romeoville, Illinois 60446

46 places to drop off your pumpkin to be composted! There is really no excuse. Make sure you give yourself a little time on November 6th to do something good for the planet.

Tomorrow, tires that are not made of rubber.