OSS pumpkin composting held during November

Nov 7, 2023 | Around Ottawa County | 0 comments

Nourish the environment by dropping off decorative pumpkins to be composted and benefit the soil. (Photo by D’Arcy Patrick Egan)

For the third year in a row, The Ottawa Sandusky Seneca Solid Waste District (OSS) is happy to share that it will be holding another Pumpkin Composting Collection at the Ottawa County Fairgounds, 7870 W State Route 163, Oak Harbor.

During November, OSS will have drop off bins located in the fairgrounds in Ottawa County, as well as the Sandusky County Fairgrounds, 744 North Street, Fremont; and Seneca County Fairgrounds, 100 Hopewell Ave, Tiffin.

In each county there will be bins where residents are able to drop off their pumpkins and gourds used for seasonal decorations.

The pumpkins will then be delivered to an area farm to be composted, bringing their nutrients back to the soil.

Pumpkins decompose at a much slower rate when they are landfilled. Their nutrients also stay confined to the landfill, losing their potential to help nourish the local environment. By composting your pumpkins, you are not only helping the environment but also creating a valuable resource for our area farms and gardens. So, this fall, instead of adding to the landfill, consider composting your pumpkins with OSS to give back to the earth.

In partnering with Go Zero, the District ensures that your seasonal pumpkins and gourds have a more sustainable end. This initiative also helps to reduce the amount of waste that ends up in the landfill. After collection, the pumpkins are delivered to Andre Farms in Wauseon, Ohio, where they are composted using a specialized process. The compost that leaves their farm has 300% the plant nutrition of topsoil and can be used as a substitute for traditionally manufactured petroleum-based fertilizers. Even if you don’t participate in the OSS pumpkin compost drop off The District still encourages you to compost the pumpkins yourself or find your own farm that will take the pumpkins to feed their livestock or add to their own composting.

Every effort counts towards a sustainable future.

Bins will be open to the public for the entire month of November during daylight hours. Bins are only for pumpkins and gourds, no other yard waste.

Tell The District what you think about their pumpkin composting initiative, as well. Officials would love to hear your thoughts. Email them to ossonline@recycleoss.org or tag OSS on Facebook @OSSSolidWaste, Twitter (X) @Aim2BGreen, or LinkedIn OSS Solid Waste District.

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