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Posted on: September 10, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Pumpkin Composting and Holiday Light Recycling

Westmont, Illinois
Date Issued: September 10,  2020
UPDATED: September 21, 2020

UPDATE: The EIC will now be hosting a pumpkin composting event Saturday, November 7, from 9:00 a.m. to Noon at the Westmont Public Library located at 428 N. Cass Avenue.  Residents are encouraged to drop off their used or unwanted pumpkins to be composted and kept out of landfills.  All pumpkins MUST be cleaned and free of inorganic materials such as candles and other decorations prior to being disposed of in the composting collection container.  Volunteers will follow COVD-19 guidelines for the event. 

The Village of Westmont’s Environmental Improvement Committee (EIC) has decided to cancel their annual fall recycling events, however, there are alternatives for Halloween Lights Recycling and Pumpkin Composting. 

Pumpkin Composting 
Residents who wish to compost their pumpkins can do so at participating SCARCE Pumpkin Smashing locations near Westmont.  Citizens are welcome to visit any location listed on the SCARCE website.  All pumpkins MUST be cleaned and free of inorganic materials such as candles and other decorations prior to being disposed of in the composting collection container.

Composting your pumpkin saves landfill space, hundreds of gallons of water, reduces greenhouse gas emissions, and puts essential nutrients back into the soil.  The EIC encourages everyone to green your Halloween and compost your pumpkins.

Halloween Lights Recycling
Residents who wish to recycle unwanted or broken Halloween lights can do so at the Holiday Light Recycling Collection, which typically begins in November.  Details will be published as soon as the start date is confirmed.

For more information on the EIC, please visit

For more information regarding SCARCE, please visit


Contact: Larry McIntyre
Village of Westmont
Communications Director/Public Information Officer

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