CANANDAIGUA — After Halloween, many people are faced with the dilemma of what to do with those pumpkins and jack o’lanterns.
Ontario County officials are urging people not to throw the squishy orange pumpkins in their trash for delivery to a landfill.
Instead, they are asking people to take them to one of three drop-off sites so they can be collected and taken to a large-scale composting business in Seneca Castle.
The country has partnered with Organix Green Industries in Seneca Castle to transport pumpkins brought to the three collection sites to the composting facility for vermicomposting, which is the process of composting organic material using different species of worms.
Dates, locations and times of the drop-offs:
• Nov. 4, Victor Transfer Station, 670 Rawson Road, Building A, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
• Nov. 11, Geneva Transfer Station, 32 White Springs Road, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
• Nov. 18, Ontario County parking lot, corner of Ontario and Pleasant Streets, Canandaigua, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
All county residents are welcome to take their pumpkins to any of the three sites. You do not need to be a resident of the town in which the drop-off site is located.
Pumpkins will not be accepted if they contain candles, are coated in wax or have other non-compostable items on them, such as ribbons, gems or other decorative items.
The program is part of the county’s Local Solid Waste Management Plan, which makes waste diversion, reuse and recycling a priority in an effort to decrease the amount of materials sent to a landfill.
For more information, call Regina Sousa, senior planner at the County Planning Department, at (585) 396-4455.