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Pumpkin Smash 2019

November 2, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm CDT

| Free

What will you do with your pumpkin after Halloween? Rather than letting it languish in a landfill, bring your jack-o-lantern to the annual Pumpkin Smash to be composted – nature’s method of recycling. Participating locations can  be found throughout Illinois.  It’s going to be a smashing time!

Come smash your pumpkin or simply drop it off and have us do it for you.  By composting your pumpkin, you are keeping waste out of landfills, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and creating a natural fertilizer for our soils. 

Note: Remove candles and decorations (stickers, yarn, googly eyes, etc) before dropping off. Pumpkins are only accepted from 9am-12pm on November 2nd unless otherwise noted.

Find a location near you:

Type your zipcode in the map below to find your nearest location. Most locations will collect pumpkins from 9am-12pm on Saturday, Nov 2nd unless otherwise specified in the listing on the left. This list is continually updated as locations are confirmed.

      Get Involved!

      Be a part of the most smashing event of the year! Get your school, organization, or town involved! Volunteer smashers are needed at a number of events. A fun project for high school students (or older) needing volunteer hours.

      Bring the Pumpkin Smash to Your Town

      Become a Pumpkin Smash site! Learn how to host a Pumpkin Smash by clicking here.  Not sure if your town is already participating? Contact [email protected] to find out.


      November 2, 2019
      9:00 am - 12:00 pm CDT
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      Leman Middle School
      238 E. Hazel Street
      West Chicago, IL 60185 United States


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