How smashing pumpkins helps save the environment

CHICAGO — Instead of being thrown in the trash, it was about time Hulk smashedbecause a Chicago organization offered an alternative way to dispose of Halloween pumpkins and helped reduce landfill waste.

Plant Chicago hosted its annual Pumpkin Smash event at the Back of the Yards on Saturday, where the goal has always been to fight climate change while blowing off a little steam.

“We never cease to be amazed at how much aggression young children seem to have,” said Eric Weber, circular economy operations specialist for the Chicago plant. “Like you give them a baseball bat and they just go to town with the pumpkin.”

A young participant in Plant Chicago’s pumpkin smashing event at the Back of the Yards Saturday.

Weber said that when pumpkins are disposed of in landfills, they can decompose and release methane gas, which negatively contributes to climate change.

“Rather than filling city trash cans and landfills with organic matter in hopes of encouraging people and introducing them to the idea of ​​composting,” Weber said. “All of these gourds are sent to a composting facility where they are processed into finished compost and then into soil.”

For more information about Plant Chicago and other initiatives they run, visit their website. How smashing pumpkins helps save the environment

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