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How smashing pumpkins help save the environment

CHICAGO — Instead of being tossed in the trash, it was time to Hulk smash, as one Chicago group provided another approach to get rid of Halloween pumpkins, serving to scale back landfill waste in the course of.

Plant Chicago held its annual pumpkin smash occasion in the Back of the Yards Saturday the place the aim has all the time been to combat local weather change, whereas additionally blowing off slightly steam.

“We’re always amazed by how much aggression little kids seem to have,” stated Eric Weber, Circular Economy Operations Specialist for Plant Chicago. “Like you hand them a baseball bat and they just go to town on the pumpkin.”

A younger participant in Plant Chicago’s pumpkin smashing occasion in the Back of the Yards Saturday.

Weber stated that when pumpkins are dumped in landfills, they will decompose and launch methane fuel, thus negatively contributing to local weather change.

“Rather than filling city trash cans and landfills with organic material hoping to encourage people and introduce them to the idea of composting,” Weber stated. “All of these pumpkins get sent to a composting facility where they get turned into finished compost and then soil.”

For extra data on Plant Chicago and different initiatives they’ve occurring, you possibly can go to their website.

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