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Tucson 'pumpkin smash' event turns Halloween leftovers into compost

Posted at 2:18 PM, Nov 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-03 16:18:04-05

TUCSON, Ariz. — Tucsonans had some fun getting rid of Halloween leftovers Saturday.

The Community Food Bank's Pumpkin Smash is an annual event that lets families dispose of their jack-o-lanterns with a bang. Organizers of the event say it's all for an eco-friendly reason.

"We're taking a product that would otherwise end up in a landfill and just degrade and put methane gas into the air and we're composting it, smashing them down, and we're going to put it into garden beds so people can grow their own healthy food and eat it," organizer Chris Lowen said.

Visitors also had a chance to listen to music, try pumpkin-themed treats and watch pumpkin cooking demonstrations.