When your Halloween pumpkin begins to decay and the holiday is over, remember to toss your jack-o'-lantern in the compost, 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 in a paper yard waste bag (bag weight limit is 50 pounds). Set cart and/or paper yard waste bags at the curb for collection on your normal service day.