Don’t trash it! Smash it.
Those are the feelings of local public agencies and conservation groups that will host events this weekend for residents to responsibly dispose of their pumpkins.
So if you are planning Halloween cleanup, here is where and when you can smash those pumpkins — just remember to remove all decorations first:
WILMETTE: Pumpkin Pitch (Village of Wilmette and Go Green Wilmette)
• 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, at Village Hall parking lot, 1200 Wilmette Ave., and Centennial Park parking lot, 2300 Glenview Road; and 9 a.m.-noon on Saturday, Nov. 11, in the Village Hall parking lot.
HIGHLAND PARK: The Great Pumpkin Smash (Park District of Highland Park)
•4-6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3, at The Preserve of Highland Park, 1207 Park Ave. W. Pumpkin smashing, target throwing and face painting.
GLENCOE: Pumpkin Smash (Glencoe Community Garden)
• 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov 4, at Community Garden, 385 Old Green Bay Road. Smash, smush, crush and compost your pumpkins. If you can’t make it, drop off your pumpkins in the dumpster outside the garden’s south gate.
NORTHFIELD: Compost Your Pumpkins (Northfield Park District)
• Nov. 1-15 at Northfield Community Center, 401 Wagner Road. Bring your pumpkins to the dumpster in the southeast corner of the community center parking lot.
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