We love carving up pumpkins and seeing them aglow on Halloween Night. But by the next day, we are quick to pack up the decorations, trying to manage candy overload and ready to discard the decaying pumpkins.Jack-o-Lanterns

I am pleased to hear that this year we can give our used pumpkins new life thanks to ecoRI. Bring your used pumpkins to Whole Foods’ Waterman Street on Wednesday, November 2nd, from 3-6 PM, ecoRI staff members will be collecting the used pumpkins and using them for compost.

“Carve them; smash them – just make sure to bring them down after you’re done having some fun so we don’t waste a valuable resource. We can use this year’s pumpkins to make compost to grow next year’s crop of jack-o-lanterns,” ecoRI News executive director Frank Carini said.

Pumpkins of all shapes and sizes are welcome. Donors should just be sure to remove any candle holders and wax before dropping off their squash. At the end of the pumpkin take-back, ecoRI News will deliver collected materials to New Urban Farmers in Pawtucket.