Naperville residents squish the squash at annual park district Pumpkin Smash

Naperville residents squish the squash at annual park district Pumpkin Smash

Smashing success at Naperville pumpkin collection event

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Students, teachers, families and friends brought their pumpkins to PS 9s school yard in Concord to have them smashed and turned into compost for city parks and green spaces.

The fifth annual Pumpkin Smash, hosted by the NYC Compost Project and GrowNYC, in partnership with the Department of Sanitation, raises awareness to the importance of composting, all while bringing communities together.=

The four-mile riverfront park, which stretches from Chambers to 59th streets, is holding a "Smash, Dont Trash" event Saturday from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. The public is invited to bring their Halloween pumpkins and jack-O-lanterns and smash them up in a variety of fashions. The pumpkin pieces will join grass clippings, pruned tree branches and food scraps in the composting process. 

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Missed out on the fun? Watch the video above to see attendees mash and smash their pumpkins and jack-o-lanterns.

If you cant make it to Saturdays event, Hudson River Park has seven different locations along the waterfront where you can drop off your pumpkins and your food scraps. To find out where the locations are and whats accepted, just head over to hudsonriverpark.org. 

  Sara Kinsella, 12, of Woodridge prepares to smash a pumpkin Saturday at Pumpkin Smash 2018, at the Ron Ory Community Garden Plots in Naperville. The event was a chance to dispose of Halloween pumpkins in a way that keeps them out of the landfill, reduces greenhouse gas emissions and creates a natural fertilizer for the gardens. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  Organizers of Pumpkin Smash 2018 in Naperville said it took only an hour Saturday to exceed the 1,000 pounds of pumpkins collected for composting at last years inaugural event. The pumpkins collected Saturday were smashed into the soil at the Ron Ory Community Garden Plots. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

And likely have a blast, like the Mornings On 1 crew had on the roof of Chelsea Market doing their own smashing. I tried something different: running one over with a golf cart driven by Hudson River Park horticulturist Peter Walsh. 

  Residents dropped off hundreds of pumpkins Saturday during Pumpkin Smash 2018 at the Ron Ory Community Garden Plots in Naperville. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

It only took an hour Saturday for organizers of Pumpkin Smash 2018 in Naperville to exceed last years totals when it came to pumpkins being dropped off for composting at the at the Ron Ory Community Garden Plots.

The Naperville Park District teamed with SCARCE (School & Community Assistance for Recycling and Composting) for the second annual event, which gives residents a chance to dispose of their Halloween pumpkins in a way that keeps them out of the landfill, reduces greenhouse gas emissions and creates a natural fertilizer for the gardens.

Pumpkins dropped off Saturday were weighed, counted and then smashed into the soil. More than 1,000 pounds of pumpkins were composted at last years inaugural Pumpkin Smash.


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