Here’s what to do with your fall pumpkins and leaves

Find out how to dispose of old pumpkins and leaves ahead of the holidays.


Turn this year’s pumpkin into next year’s fertilizer.

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Now that Halloween is over, you might have a slightly soggy jack-o'-lantern sitting on your porch. Don’t throw it away just yet — the City of Columbus is hosting its first-ever pumpkin drop-off to encourage composting and recycling. Plus, here’s what to do with the fall leaves in your yard.

How to make some pumpkin compost 🎃

Drop off your carved and decaying pumpkins and gourds Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Division of Refuse Collection (2100 Alum Creek Dr.) for the entire month of November. Here are other drop-offs for suburbs like Dublin, Grandview, and New Albany.

The drop-off is intended to help Columbus achieve its Climate Action Plan goals, which includes reducing the amount of organic waste from its landfills by 90% in order to make the city more sustainable.

Pro tip: The event will not be held on Thanksgiving or Veteran’s Day, and pumpkins that have been drawn on or painted won’t be accepted.

Take it or leaf it 🍁

Fall is the biggest season for yard waste, but that doesn’t have to always be the case — there are simple steps to easily recycle leaves, sticks, grass clippings, and shrubbery.

  1. Place all organic recyclables in biodegradable paper bags marked with “yard waste.”
  2. Ensure each bag is no more than 50 lbs.
  3. Look up your city collection day or call (614) 645-3111 to find out.
  4. Place bags on the curb — there’s no limit to the number of bags a household can recycle.
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