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Here are 5 locations to recycle old pumpkins

Wilmington Compost Company is hosting a pumpkin collection drive at variocs locations in New Hanover and Pender counties. (Port City Daily/File)

NEW HANOVER COUNTY — Halloween is over and eventually those pumpkins will begin to decay. Instead of throwing them in the trash, Wilmington Compost Company is hosting a collection drive in New Hanover and Pender counties.

From Oct. 31 to Nov. 10 and Nov. 23 to Dec. 4, five locations will be accepting pumpkins.

  • New Hanover County Arboretum, 6206 Oleander Drive — follow the arrows to drop off pumpkins in marked collection trailer
  • New Hanover County Landfill, 5210 U.S. Hwy. 421 — during normal business hours, inform staff at the weigh house of pumpkin drop-off for food composter to waive fees
  • NHC HazWagon accepts food waste from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Ogden Park on Mondays, Wrightsville Beach Town Hall on Tuesdays, Carlina Brach’s Chappell Park on Fridays and Kure Beach Town Hall on the first Saturday of the month. Space is limited.
  • Wilmington Compost Company, 7336 N.C. Hwy. 210 in Rocky Point — free drop off 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • UNCW Wagoner Dining Hall — drop off in lobby’s collection bin during business hours

While turning in carved pumpkins is fine, it’s important to remember to remove all candles and decorations before disposing of them. Also only pumpkins with bio-based paints will be accepted.

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