UPDATE: New collection service in Upper Arlington diverts pumpkins from landfill

Nate Ellis
ThisWeek
Residents can drop off old pumpkins through Saturday, Dec. 6, at Fancyburg Park, 3375 Kioka Ave. The discarded gourds are being taken to a composting site in London rather than being dumped in the Franklin County Sanitary Landfill.

CORRECTION: Ohio Mulch accepts pumpkins as part of its yard-waste recycling program. An earlier version of this story incorrectly said it didn't.

The Upper Arlington Public Service Department has added pumpkin collection to its list of services. 

Through Saturday, Dec. 6, residents can drop off pumpkins at Fancyburg Park, 3375 Kioka Ave. The site is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 

The free service ensures the pumpkins won’t end up at the Franklin County Sanitary Landfill. 

Katy Rees, public service analyst, said pumpkins will be taken to GoZERO Services, Food Waste Compost Courier in London. 

Since the site was made available Oct. 31, Rees said, the city has collected roughly 11 tons of pumpkins as of Nov. 23. 

“To the best of my knowledge, no other local communities offer this type of collection.” 

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