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After Halloween Pitch-a-Pumpkin event scheduled

Posted 10/6/2017

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension encourages pumpkin recycling

volunteer getting ready to pitch a pumpkin

Volunteer assists with loading and pitching pumpkins with the trebuchet at last year’s event.

The Southern Nevada Christmas Tree Recycling Committee is hosting their second annual Pitch-a-Pumpkin event. In an on-going effort to divert holiday organic waste to a beneficial use, the committee has decided to expand into pumpkin recycling. Residents are encouraged to bring their jack-o-lanterns to the free event so they can be composted into soil on Saturday, Nov. 4 between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Unsold and collected pumpkins will be launched using catapults and a trebuchet in the Silverton Hotel and Casino parking lot. The catapults were built by East Career Technical Academy students under the guidance of Fausto Vega, who teaches construction skills at the school. The trebuchet was built by Southern Nevada Recycling Coordinator, Rachel Lewison and retired U.S. Air Force Director, Bruce Romeo. The catapults are expected to launch the pumpkins about 50 feet while the trebuchet is expected to cover a 100-foot distance.

The launched pumpkins will be composted into soil at Terra Firma Organics.

“Terra Firma Organics is excited to work with facilitating agencies, the Silverton Hotel and Casino, and community partners in hosting the second annual event with Clark County citizen,.” said Randy Williams, Terra Firma Organics Sustainable Programs Manager. “At this fun event, we look forward to processing the pumpkin waste into high quality compost for gardens, landscaping, and other soil improvement uses.”

"Republic Services is proud to sponsor the second annual Pitch-a-Pumpkin where participants can learn about the importance of diverting organic holiday waste from the landfill,” said Jeremy Walters, Republic Services Recycling Coordinator.

“Participants will have the opportunity to launch a pumpkin at one of our roll-off containers,” Walters added. “As a long-standing member of the Southern Nevada Christmas Tree Recycling Program, we thoroughly enjoy the opportunity to engage with members of the community to educate them on the importance of environmental stewardship. Republic Services is always looking for ways to move the needle in Southern Nevada when it comes to sustainability; holiday waste is a perfect example of thinking outside the box.”

The Silverton Hotel and Casino is proud to encourage the public to recycle their pumpkins rather than throw them away. The Silverton Hotel and Casino is located at 3333 Blue Diamond Rd, Las Vegas, Nev. The event will take place in the south parking lot, located in front of the main entrance from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For information, email or call Tara Pike at 702-895-3760.

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