The Greater New Bedford Regional Refuse Management District reminds residents that pumpkins can be tossed with all other yard waste this fall.

Give your Halloween pumpkin a second life by setting it out with yard waste or placing it in your backyard compost bin. Corn stalks are also accepted with yard waste.

Pumpkins can be set out on yard waste collection day, the weekday after trash and recycling collection. Friday’s trash and recycling collection area has yard waste collected on Monday.

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Pumpkins can be placed with fall yard waste, such as leaves. Even if you do not have other yard waste, place pumpkins loose in a barrel, not a city cart, or in a paper yard waste bag and set it at the curb by 7 am. Please do not make bags or barrels too heavy. Yard waste collection ends on Friday, December 17 this year.

If you made a jack-o’-lantern, remove all lights and other items before placing the pumpkin out for yard waste collection. Pie or sugar pumpkins are perfect for cooking. There are recipes for pumpkin soup, desserts, seeds, etc. If you have a sugar pumpkin, you might only have the stem left to compost.

Yard waste, including pumpkins, is collected separately and composted on-site at the Crapo Hill Landfill. There it will decompose and by spring become a high-nutrient, mulch-like soil that is used for landscaping and gardening. You may pick up free compost at the Crapo Hill Landfill located at 300 Samuel Barnet Blvd. in New Bedford. Pickup is Monday through Friday from 7:15 am to 3 pm and on Saturdays from 8 to 10:45 am. Bring your own shovel and containers.

New Bedford and Dartmouth residents may purchase compost bins at the Crapo Hill Landfill Scale House during the same timeframe. The Earth Machine and the New Age Composter are both available at a cost of $25 each. Cash, check, or money order only. No credit or debit cards. Masks are required.

Trash, recycling, or yard waste collection questions, call ABC Disposal at (508) 999-2619. Composting, recycling, and waste reduction questions, call Marissa Perez-Dormitzer, Waste Reduction Manager, at (508) 979-1493.

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