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5 ways to recycle and reuse your pumpkin

Wednesday, October 23, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Lauren Middleton
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Pumpkins are an essential part of the Halloween holiday. Individuals and families enjoy being able to carve, cook, and pick them. Many pumpkins often end up in the garbage after the end of October but if you’re looking to do something a bit more eco-friendly, you might want to consider reusing your pumpkin. To celebrate harvest time, we have 5 ways to recycle and reuse your pumpkin.

1. Use it to make food. Pumpkins can be broken down and provide a plethora of different food items that can be used for Thanksgiving and more. Just make sure they are still fresh and useable. Roasted Pumpkin Seeds, Pumpkin Puree, and Pumpkin Bread are just a few of the wonderful recipes you can make with recycled pumpkin. There are some great recipes on

2. Turn them into winter food for animals. If you have a winter wildlife feeding station, pumpkins can be broken up and attached to trees for squirrels and deer to eat. Birds will also eat the seeds. Just try to put the feeding station away from your home so you don’t get any unwanted winter guests!

3. Pumpkins can be composted. They are considered organic material and therefore make great compost. There’s no downside to having a lot of compost for your plant beds in spring. Just remember to remove the seeds from the pumpkin or you may have them sprouting in your compost over winter. 

4. Turn the pumpkin into a centerpiece. Fresher pumpkins can make beautiful Thanksgiving centerpieces. You can carve out the pumpkin for a large candle holder, or, even place smaller pumpkins in a terrarium. After Thanksgiving is over, you can use the tips listed above to dispose of the pumpkin sustainably. 

5. Donate the pumpkin to a zoo or farm. Many farms and zoos will take the pumpkin as a source of food “enrichment” for their animals. The critters love to tear up the pumpkin to find delicious snacks inside. Just make sure the pumpkin isn’t rotten and is insect free. 

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