Grab those rotting Halloween pumpkins and head on over to Westport Farmers’ Market November 11, 2021 from 10-2 for Action Waste Solution’s Great Pumpkin Toss, a free community composting event. In its third year, the Great Pumpkin Toss is a terrific way to fight Halloween food waste while having some fun.
“Each year 1.3 billion pounds of pumpkins in the U.S. are wasted,” said Nicola LaRiccia, cofounder of Action Waste Solutions. “This is a great way to reduce that waste by turning it into usable compost.”
Action Waste Solutions will be accepting all pumpkins and gourds in their natural state at the market; squishy and rotted pumpkins are welcome, but decorated or painted pumpkins cannot be composted.
In addition to creating compost, pumpkins provide food for livestock. Steph from Ox Hollow Farm will fill her truck with a few good pumpkins as food for her cows. And folks who attend the event and would like to sign up for Action Waste Solution’s residential collection service can get their first month of service free.
“We’re all about the full-circle of food here at Westport Farmers’ Market,” said Lori Cochran-Dougall, executive director. “Throughout the year we support the efforts of Action Waste Solutions to recycle and reuse food that would otherwise be trashed. Last year we diverted one ton of pumpkin waste from the landfill through the Great Pumpkin Toss! Let’s beat that record this year on November 11.”
For more information, visit www.westportfarmersmarket.com, and find WFM on FB, Instagram, and Twitter, too.