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Smash, compost your Halloween pumpkins at Plainfield middle school this weekend

11/2/2017, 10:03 a.m.
Smash and recycle Halloween jack-o’-lanterns and pumpkins and help the environment on Saturday, November 4, 2017 at Ira Jones Middle ...

Smash and recycle Halloween jack-o’-lanterns and pumpkins and help the environment on Saturday, November 4, 2017 at Ira Jones Middle School, 15320 Wallin Drive.

The Pumpkin Smash will be from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. and the event is free.

Ira Jones eighth-grader Youanna Ibrahim came up with the idea as a way to teach others about how composting pumpkins rather than throwing them in the trash is better for the environment.

Pumpkins or other food scraps rotting in a landfill produce methane gas, which is harmful to the environment, Ibrahim said.

When composted pumpkins also release water and nutrients into the ground to make the soil healthy, she added.