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Don’t trash your pumpkins, compost them!

A graphic saying residents should compost their pumpkins.

When your Halloween pumpkin begins to decay and the holiday is over, remember to toss your jack-o'-lantern in your yard waste container, not in your trash!

The City of Iowa City’s organics (yard and food waste) program accepts pumpkins. Here's the proper way to compost your pumpkins or seasonal gourds through the City:

  • Remove any candles or lights from inside your pumpkin
  • Place it in your yellow-lid organics cart, or 20-35 gallon size organics/yard waste container, or in a paper yard waste bag.
  • Set container at the curb for collection on your normal service day. Limit 50 pounds per 20-25 gallon cart or yard waste bag; 250 pound limit for 95-gallon carts. 

Residents who do not receive curbside services can bring their pumpkins, at no cost, to the City's compost facility located at the Iowa City Landfill and Recycling Center, 3900 Hebl Ave SW. 

For more information, visit, or call 319-887-6110.


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