Orange County residents encouraged to recycle pumpkins after Halloween

Waste Management of Orange County is encouraging residents to give their pumpkins a second life by placing them in their green waste carts to be composted after Halloween.

“Unwanted pumpkins and green waste make great additions to compost and mulch material that provide essential nutrients for plant growth,” said Chip Monaco, Waste Management of Orange County’s Regional Government Affairs Manager. “We encourage all residents of Orange County to place their unwanted pumpkins in their green waste containers. Together we can preserve and improve our local environment.”

Residents should remove any non-vegetative materials, such as candles, glow sticks and decorations from their pumpkins before placing them in their green waste cart.

Celebrate an eco-friendly Halloween with these easy-to-follow tips:

  • Create an eco-friendly costume: Go green while saving green by getting together with friends to exchange unwanted costumes or head to your local second-hand store to find the perfect pieces for your Halloween ensemble.
  • Host a green Halloween. Set out recycling containers and encourage guest to recycle all empty bottles and cans, keeping food and liquid out.
  • Keep neighborhoods clean while trick-or-treating . Break out last year’s plastic jack-o-lantern or opt for a reusable bag when trick-or-treating. Leave only footprints behind by carrying an extra bag for any litter along the way.

Waste Management, based in Houston, Texas, is the leading provider of comprehensive waste management services in North America. Through its subsidiaries, the company provides collection, transfer, recycling and resource recovery, and disposal services. It is also a leading developer, operator and owner of landfill gas-to-energy facilities in the United States. The company’s customers include residential, commercial, industrial, and municipal customers throughout North America. To learn more information about Waste Management visit or

This article was released by Waste Management of Orange County.