Get rid of your pumpkins with these free pumpkin composting events in Minnesota, including the Twin Cities and greater Minnesota. Compost, don’t trash!
With Halloween quickly approaching and the weather cooling down, many of us have pumpkins on our porches. It’s a fun fall tradition to pick out your favorite pumpkin and possibly carve or paint them!
Once you’re done with your pumpkins, it’s a good idea to dispose of them by turning them into compost vs. tossing them in your garbage can.
If you don’t have a compost bin at home, you probably have a place near you that will accept your pumpkin for compost.
You’ll need to make sure you remove any candles or wax beforehand and note that most places do not accept painted pumpkins.
Pumpkin Composting and Recycling Events in Minnesota
Here are some pumpkin composting events and locations we could find in Minnesota. Many of these also have coordinating family activities so you can have a little fun when you drop off your pumpkins!
Anoka: November 4
Brooklyn Park: November 1 – 6
Burnsville: November 4-5
Clay County: November 1 – 14
Cottage Grove: November 2
Edina: November 2
Inver Grove Heights: November 5 – 6
Mendota Heights/West St. Paul: November 4-5
Nicollet County: See website for info
Plymouth: November 1 – 14- not yet updated for 2023
Ramsey County: See website for info
Shakopee: November 1 – 11
South St. Paul: November 4-5
There are likely other events around the state. Many communities are starting to offer compost sites that are open year-round, so check with your local city if you need a place for your pumpkin. Sometimes farmers in rural areas will take them if they are animal-safe.
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