In Arlington, composting Halloween pumpkins is giving back to community

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Arlington County’s Solid Waste Bureau is encouraging people to compost their pumpkins.

The USDA estimates about 2 billions pounds of pumpkins were harvested in the United States last year. After Halloween is over, that waste can be put to good use. 

The Solid Waste Bureau takes compost year round. Compost produces fertile soil that better retains nutrients and air.

Everything composted in Arlington is used in Arlington, said Shani Kruljac, the bureau’s operation manager. “We create a compost product and we use it in our parks, we use it in our garden that we have right here at our Solid Waste Bureau, and different projects throughout the county,” said Kruljac.

The Arlington Food Assistance Center, located nearby, donates its food scraps for composting. 

Arlington is also composting all the paper cups from the Virginia side of last weekend’s Marine Corps Marathon. 

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