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Compost Yields Healthy Crops

which promotes increased water retention and nutrient absorption for plant growth. Compost also provides a feedstock for essential microorganisms in the soil that aid plants and roots.

Utilizing Food Scraps in Compost

returns a nutrient rich soil amendment back to the earth and diverts roughly 30% of waste volumes sent to landfill annually in Illinois. 

Integrating Food Scraps Through Collection

drives demand from the bottom up, creating broader diversion opportunities for food scrap generators and haulers.

Wasting 40% of Food Supply

increases the need for more production of food crops. If efficiencies can be found in this system, the same amount of food can find its way to feed more people.

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Pumpkin Collection Guide

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Significant progress has been made in our state to facilitate collections of food scraps for composting. Illinois House Bill 437 – Organic Composting drop offs was signed into law by Governor Rauner on July 10th allowing temporary and permanent sites to collect organics for composting. Thanks to this success, pumpkin collection can continue with the support of the Illinois government.

Why compost pumpkins?

  • They are full of nutrients that are good for the soil
  • They are 90% water.
  • Most of the pumpkins processed in the United States are grown in Illinois – keep the water and nutrients here!
  • Landfills are the 3rd largest producers of methane gas.  
This Pumpkin Collection Guide was created to help city administrators organize and hold a one-day pumpkin collection event after Halloween to collect Jack-o-Lanterns from residents. The guide also includes:
  • Intro letter Mini-fliers (8/sheet)
  • Half sheet & full sheet sample fliers
  • Pumpkin Factsheet
  • IEPA permit application
  • IEPA Conditions for One-Day Pumpkin collection events

Topics touched on in the Pumpkin Collection Guide include:

  • Event Coordination: Permits, Haulers, Pick-up
  • Promotion
  • Staffing & Volunteers
  • Day of the Event
  • Event Follow Up

Download the Pumpkin Collection Guide, a collection of documents created by SCARCE in facilitating one-day pumpkin collection for the County of Dupage.