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No Pumpkin Left Behind

November 8

Jack-o-Lanterns, toasted seeds, painted orange masterpieces… it’s hard to imagine Halloween season without pumpkins. But as November rolls around, these beloved – and highly compostable – holiday favorites often find their way into the garbage.

Fortunately, your Park is giving neighborhood pumpkins a more sustainable future. From now through November 14, all of our seven compost locations –  Pier 25, Pier 40, Pier 51, 14th Street Park, Chelsea Waterside Park, our Compost Center at 32nd Street and Pier 84 – will feature an orange barrel specifically for pumpkins. Be sure to bring yours by your nearest compost site – we’re tallying by neighborhood to see which of our Park neighborhoods can save the most pumpkins.

Collecting up these seasonal squash is the latest initiative in our Park’s newly expanded – and thriving – Community Compost Program. Since we kicked off this park-wide initiative in June, we’ve collected organic waste from our office, our community, our horticulture activities, GrowNYC, and the Pier 66 boathouse – and our numbers are still going up! So far this year, we’ve already collected more than 25,800 pounds of food scraps, over three times last year’s total.

This season’s pumpkins will be a fantastic addition to these totals, and the resulting compost will ultimately be added to our garden beds to help the Park’s beautiful horticulture thrive. Plus, if we receive too many pumpkins, we’ll share the bounty with the Lower East Side Ecology Center. A happy ending indeed for our autumn favorites.

Want to help us out with our composting initiatives? Fill out our survey, and check out our volunteer opportunities.