Pumpkins are synonymous with autumn and Halloween🎃. With Halloween around the corner, we wanted to offer a friendly reminder not to put the seeds and insides down your kitchen sink as you’re carving your jack-o’-lantern. Even if you use a garbage disposal, the innards can clog your pipes leading to an expensive unscheduled plumber’s visit and potentially clog sewer pipes.
Instead, you can toast the seeds for a tasty snack when wanting a break from all the candy that may tempt everyone at home over the next couple of weeks.
After your jack-o’-lantern has completed its decorative duty, here’s an eco-friendly way you can dispose your pumpkin. You can squash (verb) your squash (noun) and put it in the curbside food scrap bin, or compost it along with the insides and seeds (if you prefer not to toast them) in your backyard. Here’s a link to planting and growing pumpkins if you’re curious.
For more on composting and curbside food scrap collection: https://kingcounty.gov/depts/dnrp/solid-waste/garbage-recycling/compost-more.aspx.