Be Green for Halloween
Waste Management offers tips for what to do with pumpkins after the big night is over
BRAMPTON, ON, Oct. 30, 2012 /CNW/ - This Halloween, after all of your ghosts and goblins have tricked for their last treat, consider composting your jack-o-lanterns this year instead of throwing them out in the garbage. Composting is just one of the ways Waste Management of Canada wants to encourage customers to Think Green® by adopting eco-friendly habits during the holiday season.
“It is estimated that up to one-third of household garbage is organic waste from yards and kitchens, which is just the type of material used for composting. Pumpkins and yard trimmings can be reused as fertilizer to help produce healthier lawns, plants, and flowers,” said Cal Bricker, Vice President of Waste Management of Canada. Serving more than 4.5 million residential customers in nine provinces, Waste Management of Canada owns or operates 20 recycling recovery facilities. “At Waste Management, we support and participate in programs to protect the environment and reduce waste such as organic recycling,” says Bricker. “Canadians have been steadily and enthusiastically embraced the practice of composting — whether in their backyards or through community curbside green bin programs — over the past 10 years.”
Here is a how-to guide for composting pumpkins, leaves and yard trimmings in your own backyard:
- Hollow out your pumpkin. Whether you have a carved or un-carved pumpkin, remove all of the meat and seeds and set aside for composting.
- Smash the pumpkin into several pieces to provide more surface area.
- Find a small area either in your backyard or at the side of your house where a pile of natural materials will not interfere with your landscaping.
- Lay out all the pieces of your pumpkins and layer it with other types of materials like leaves and other yard trimmings. This will help with the composting process.
- Continue to add other vegetable or fruit peels or other organic materials to the compost pile.
- Except for adding additional materials to the pile, sit back and let Mother Nature work her magic
“Some of the best ‘green’ tips we can offer our customers are those designed for living an eco-friendly lifestyle throughout the year,” said Bricker. “Composting organic waste, either at home or through your community’s green bin or yard waste program, significantly reduces waste or improves our environment.”
Customers are reminded to check with their local service provider for program details. Using these tips for composting at home is a good option when community programs don’t accept pumpkins.
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Waste Management of Canada employs 3,400 people at 116 operating locations in nine provinces, servicing over 4.5 million residential customers and 170,000 industrial and commercial customers. Waste Management of Canada owns and/or operates 20 recycling recovery facilities and 18 landfills.
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SOURCE: Waste Management, Inc.