Wilmette’s inaugural Pumpkin Pitch in 2019 was a success. Actually, it was too much of a success.
Residents brought more pumpkins than the dumpster could handle, so this year, the Village of Wilmette and Go Green Wilmette have a simple solution: two dumpsters.
Will it be enough? We’ll find out this Saturday, Nov. 9, when residents can bring and pitch their pumpkins for composting from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at either the Village Hall (1200 Wilmette Ave.) or Centennial Park (Old Glenview Road and Crawford Avenue).
Pumpkin Pitch was the brainchild of Wilmette’s Nicole Boomgaarden, who worked with Public Works Asst. Director Kate Amoruso to develop a program for residents to put their pumpkins to use after Halloween, instead of putting them in landfill.
The pumpkins are then composted by the Village of Wilmette, as an extension of their current composting program offered to residents.
If residents cannot make the Pumpkin Pitch, Boomgaarden and Go Green Wilmette encourage them to compost the pumpkins in their at-home compost pile or sign up for the Village’s program. The Village asks residents not to include pumpkins in their leaf piles.
For more details, visit the Go Green Wilmette homepage at www.gogreenwilmette.org.