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Environmental Services Department Hosts Pumpkin Composting Event

The San Diego skyline is pictured in this undated photo.
Milan Kovacevic
The San Diego skyline is pictured in this undated photo.

San Diego City Councilman Chris Cate and the city's Environmental Services Department Friday will host a post-Halloween pumpkin composting and collection event.

The event is consistent with the city's Zero Waste Plan, in which the city would only produce compostible and recyclable material by 2040, thereby producing no waste. According to Cate's office, the Miramar Greenery processes roughly 105,000 tons of compostible materials into mulch, wood chips and other reusable materials every year. Residents are also welcome to compost gourds at the collection locations.

"Composting is nature's way of recycling," Cate said. "Placing large pumpkin collection receptacles in Clairemont and Mira Mesa will give District 6 families the opportunity to recycle their pumpkins the proper way."

Residents are also encouraged to dispose of pumpkins and gourds in yard waste containers if they can't get to the collection locations, the Environmental Services Department said.

Residents can quash their squash at the North Clairemont Recreation Center and the Mira Mesa Senior Center between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. Pumpkins can only be collected if they are clean, unpainted and free of candles or decor, according to the city.