Don’t trash it! Smash it.
Those are the sentiments of local public agencies and conservation groups that can host events this weekend for residents to responsibly get rid of their pumpkins.
So in the event you are planning Halloween cleanup, here is where and when you possibly can smash those pumpkins — just remember to remove all decorations first:
WILMETTE: Pumpkin Pitch (Village of Wilmette and Go Green Wilmette)
• 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, at Village Hall parking zone, 1200 Wilmette Ave., and Centennial Park parking zone, 2300 Glenview Road; and 9 a.m.-noon on Saturday, Nov. 11, within the Village Hall parking zone.
HIGHLAND PARK: The Great Pumpkin Smash (Park District of Highland Park)
•4-6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3, at The Preserve of Highland Park, 1207 Park Ave. W. Pumpkin smashing, goal throwing, and face painting.
GLENCOE: Pumpkin Smash (Glencoe Community Garden)
• 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov 4, at Community Garden, 385 Old Green Bay Road. Smash, smush, crush, and compost your pumpkins. If you happen to can’t make it, drop off your pumpkins within the dumpster outside the garden’s south gate.
NORTHFIELD: Compost Your Pumpkins (Northfield Park District)
• Nov. 1-15 at Northfield Community Center, 401 Wagner Road. Bring your pumpkins to the dumpster within the southeast corner of the community center parking zone.
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