How to get rid of your old Halloween pumpkins in Vancouver

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Once the doorbell has died down and the sun rises on November 1, some might be wondering what to do with the sculpted gourds that now litter their courtyards or thresholds.

For starters, retired pumpkin lanterns can be placed in the city of Vancouver’s green bins, provided the candles are removed and the pumpkins are cut into palm-sized pieces. The city also recommends covering the rooms with a thick layer of foil or other “brown” material.

Alternatively, if you don’t have a compost bin but want to add nutrients to your garden, the city recommends burying the chopped pumpkin under 12 inches of soil.

If you live in an apartment or condominium or operate a business that does not have a City of Vancouver Green Bin service, contact your property manager or landlord for options or visit the city’s website for more information.

If you want to save the natural nutrients in pumpkins for yourself, there are plenty of recipes to help you do just that.

Love Food Hate Waste Canada has entire pages devoted to the many uses for pumpkins in the kitchen. (Although it might be tastier if you used an electric candle instead of a wax candle.) If you’re the buying type numerous pumpkins, you can make a pumpkin puree that can be frozen for use on another day.

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