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Holiday Waste Reduction

What to do with Jack?

‘Jack’ is a Jack O’ Lantern, a carved pumpkin. He’s great fun on October 31st, but by November 1st, he needs to move on.

About 200,000 Jacks are carved in the Lower Mainland each Halloween, and all too often on November 1st, Jack is bagged, tossed and carted off to the landfill. Reduce waste, here’s what you can do with Jack:

Eat it

Pumpkins are edible, tasty and good for you since they are high in fibre
and antioxidants. Keep the pulp and check out delicious pumpkin recipes
online. Pumpkin seeds are nutritious for a snack or salad. Pumpkin puree

is fast and easy to make and freeze for another day. Check out Metro Vancouver's Love Food/Hate Waste for recipe ideas!

Compost it

Worms like pumpkins. Whether your pumpkin is chopped up and mixed

with yard trimmings for the backyard composter or put in your kitchen based worm composter, the worms will thank you. And in return you’ll get nutrient-rich compost that you can use to grow next year’s pumpkin.

Bring it to the curb

Burnaby’s Green Bin (Yard Waste + Food Scraps) Recycling Program accepts
pumpkins. Just remove the candle and any other non-organic objects,
and simply place Jack in your green bin.

Jack lantern 1

Need Help?

Recycling, Garbage & Green Bin
Staffed Information Line:
Monday-Friday 7:00 AM - 3:30 PM
24-Hour Touch-tone Information Line: 604-294-7089
Email: engineering@burnaby.ca
BC Recycling Hotline: 604-RECYCLE (732-9253)
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