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 (personal 20-35 gallon containers are no longer accepted as a container option) 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.

Johnson County 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 icgov.org/organics, or call 319-887-6110.

Date of publication

Thursday, October 28, 2021