Give Your Pumpkin New Life

Got a sunken pumpkin? Don’t throw it in the trash; compost it instead! Nearly 1.3 billion pounds of pumpkins are landfilled each year. Let’s not put pumpkin harvests to waste. Compost your pumpkins through one of the many drop-off options available in Howard County. Beginning Tuesday, November 1 and continuing through Friday, November 11, pumpkins may be dropped off at the following locations:

• Clark’s Elioak Farm (10500 Clarksville Pike, Ellicott City) from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily
• Mary’s Land Farm (4979 Sheppard Lane, Ellicott City) from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily

Remember that pumpkins and other food scraps can always be dropped off at the Residents’ Convenience Center at Alpha Ridge Landfill. If you haven’t already joined the Green Bin Food Scrap Program, consider doing so by signing up at www.howardcountymd.gov/public-works/feed-green-bin. Pumpkins and other food scraps are collected curbside year-round as part of the program.